Anorexia is an eating disorder that can happen to anyone. This disorder is more common in young people. This subject has been studied at length and it has been found that there are sociological, neurological, psychological and physiological aspects and imbalances that lead to anorexia. Since anorexia is so common and well known, there are certain signs and symptoms to look for if you suspect that someone you know may be anorexic.
1. Extremely Low Body Weight
Anorexics, since they rarely eat, will have body weights that are much lower then what is considered to be a healthy weight range for their height. Yet, they will still see themselves as overweight.
2. Distorted Body Image
Anorexics do not see themselves as they are. All they see is excess fat and will do anything and everything to get that weight off.
3. Obsessive Fear of Gaining Weight
Weight controls their lives. They do not like their current weight and are always trying to lose weight.
4. Refuse to Eat with Family and Friends
Anorexics do not see eating as nutrition. They only see the weight they can gain. Since they do not eat often, they will not eat in front of anyone. When they do eat, it will be in private.
5. No Respect for Themselves
All that is cared about is getting the weight off. They do not care about the damage that is being done to their bodies to achieve this goal.
6. Frequent Weighing
With the main goal being to lose weight, anorexics will become obsessed with how much they weigh. This will cause them to get on the scale numerous times a day to see if their number had changed.
7. Establish Rules about Eating
Over time, anorexics will become obsessed with what they are putting into their bodies. They will decide what they will eat, how much they will eat and how often they will eat those foods. They will not stray from this routine often.
8. Reductions of Food Quantity
When anorexics see that what they are doing is working, they will begin to reduce the amount of food they take in to make the process go faster.
9. Deceptive Eating Practices
Since there are low amounts of food being consumed, lies will be told about if and when they have eaten.
10. Lack of Desire to Eat
After long periods of time of not eating, the desire to eat will begin to fade.
11. Classifying Food as Either Good or Bad
With the obsession of food, anorexics will begin to label the foods they eat as “good” or “bad.” They will completely stay away from “bad” foods with no exception.
With a poor self image, anorexics will become depressed. They may feel very hopeless.
13. Hair Loss
Lack of nutrition begins to break the body down. Anorexics may experience a substantial amount of hair loss as a result.
14. Dry and Pale Skin
Anorexic do not nourish their skin with the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. The skin will then become pale and dry.
15. Social Withdrawal
Because of their obsessive behavior, anorexics will begin to keep to themselves. In serious cases, they will completely withdraw from everyone.