There are three key signs of anorexia and these show themselves as psychological signs, behaviour patterns and the more obvious physical signs.
Consider how you’re feeling, identify how your behaviour is different to other people’s and how your body is showing outward signs that something is not quite right.
|Psychological signs||Behaviour patterns||Physical signs|
|Feeling insecure and emotional||Over exercising||Severe weight loss|
|Obsessed with dieting||Feeling withdrawn||BMI less than 85% of expected|
|Volatile mood swings||Wearing baggy clothes||
|Poor perception of body weight and size||Lack of concentration||Difficulty in sleeping|
|Constantly thinking about food||Denying that there is a problem||Feeling cold and poor circulation|
|Fear of gaining weight||Lying about eating||Dizzy spells or fainting|
|Hormonal changes in men and boys|
Red – danger symptoms
Blue – associated symptoms
If you have anorexia symptoms, talk to your GP.