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Symptoms of Anorexia

Symptoms of Anorexia

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anorexia includes the 7 symptoms listed below:

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Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Anorexia is identified in part by refusal to eat, an intense desire to be thin, repeated dieting attempts, and excessive weight loss. To maintain an abnormally low weight, people with anorexia may diet, fast, or over exercise. They often engage in behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. People with anorexia believe that they are overweight even when they are extremely thin. Often, the beginning of illness will occur after a stressful life event such as initiation of puberty or moving out of the parents' home. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)

A Person with Anorexia may…

  • Eat only 'safe' foods, usually those low in calories and fat
  • Have odd rituals, such as cutting food into small pieces
  • Spend more time playing with food than eating it
  • Cook meals for others without eating · Engage in compulsive exercising
  • Dress in layers to hide weight loss
  • Spend less time with family and friends, become more isolated, withdrawn, and secretive
(Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)

Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH (Excerpt)

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:

  • Resistance to maintaining body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height

  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight

  • Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight

  • Infrequent or absent menstrual periods (in females who have reached puberty)
(Source: excerpt from Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Anorexia. This signs and symptoms information for Anorexia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Anorexia signs or Anorexia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Anorexia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Anorexia symptoms.


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