Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders

 
Anorexia Nervosa* Bulimia Nervosa* Binge Eating Disorder
Excessive weight loss in relatively short period of time X
 
 
Continuation of dieting although bone-thin X
 
 
Dissatisfaction with appearance; belief that body is fat, even though severely underweight
X
 
 
Loss of monthly menstrual periods X
X
 
Unusual interest in food and development of strange eating rituals X
X
 
Eating in secret X
X
X
Obsession with exercise X
X
 
Serious depression X
X
X
Binging–consumption of large amounts of food  
X
X
Vomiting or use of drugs to stimulate vomiting, bowel movements, and urination  
X
 
Binging but no noticeable weight gain  
X
 
Disappearance into bathroom for long periods of time to induce vomiting  
X
 
Abuse of drugs or alcohol  
X
X
* Some individuals suffer from anorexia and bulimia and have symptoms of both disorders.

(source: NIH Publication No. 94-3477, 1994)

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