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Please remember, individuals with eating disorders often try to keep them a secret.  They attempt to keep symptoms and activities hidden from friends and loved ones.  

The list below contains common indicators of eating disorders.

Bullet Distorted body image Bullet Amenorrhea or menstrual irregularities
Bullet Binging or compulsive eating Bullet Fatigue
Bullet Compulsive exercising Bullet Decreased social interaction
Bullet Restricted eating, constant dieting Bullet Unexplained changes in behavior or mood
Bullet Extreme fear of gaining weight Bullet Excessive guilt about eating
Bullet Purging through vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, exercising, etc. Bullet Low self-esteem
Bullet Shame and embarrassment about eating behaviors and appearance Bullet Preoccupation with calories, food, weight, and appearance
Bullet Weight loss or gain/fluctuations--weight change doesn't have to be significant to signal a problem Bullet Feeling unable to control eating/purging [remember extreme control is a form of being out of control]
Please note: Symptoms may be caused by or shared with many other psychological or physical disorders, so it's important to get a professional evaluation.

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Updated on 06/24/2002
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