Warning signs of an eating disorder include:
- Sudden vegetarianism
- Food disappearing at a faster-than-normal rate, and elaborate excuses to explain the disappearance of food, such as explaining that the food went bad, fell on the floor, etc., and had to be thrown out.
- Frequent statements such as, “I’m not hungry” or “I just ate”
- Going to the bathroom after every meal
- Frequent complaints of stomach problems (laxative abuse is a common method of purging)
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain
- Focus or fixation on body image and clothing size, and comparisons to others
- Excessive exercise
- Withdrawal from friends and family, increased isolation
- Moodiness and an insistence that nothing is wrong
If you notice these symptoms in a friend or in yourself, talk to someone– a close friend, parent, therapist, or doctor– about options for getting treatment.