Top 10 Signs of Anorexia

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is one of the most well known eating disorders. When somebody is struggling with anorexia they lose an extreme amount of weight, usually 15% below what the average person’s body weight should be. To be considered anorexic this weight loss does not relate to any special medical condition or treatment causing the decrease in weight, rather it relates to something that the victim inflicts upon his or her self.

Who struggles with anorexia?

Anybody who struggles with their body image because they feel they have too much weight is vulnerable to giving in to anorexia. Generally women are statistically diagnosed with anorexia more than men, but they are by no means the only gender affected by it. Culture affects these numbers by sending us the message that men are supposed to be large and strong, while women are encouraged to be thin and petite, therefore making them more susceptible to anorexia. Adolescents seem to be affected the most by anorexia.

Top 10 Signs of Anorexia

1. Dramatic weight loss for one’s age and height
2. Refusing to eat in public
3. Eating only specific foods- specifically those low in calories and fat
4. Skipping meals often with no explanations
5. Covering the weight-loss by wearing baggy clothing
6. Obsessing over body image
7. Basing self-worth on body image and weight
8. Complaining about being overweight when they are actually underweight
9. (Females only) Missing three or more menstrual periods in a row
10. Avoiding social gatherings where food will be involved

What are the causes of anorexia?

There are a number of reasons that play a role in causing anorexia. Culture seems to play a large part because we are constantly being sent the message that to be successful in life and in a career you need to be skinny and beautiful. The media sets such unrealistic and unhealthy standards, especially with today’s Photoshop and other image editing programs in addition to finding extremely skinny women to idolize. Other causes of anorexia have to do with the individual; including personality traits such as perfectionism, and low self esteem or even events in their past. Early life trauma (especially physical or sexual abuse) influences the likelihood of developing anorexia later on in life. A few other causes are relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and even just the intense feelings due to adolescence and puberty affect the possibility of anorexia. Some studies show that there may be a genetic predisposition to anorexia as well.

Ways to curb anorexia

Like every other eating disorder, it is advisable to get professional help to treat anorexia, but there a lot of things you can do to help yourself! Addressing the physical problems caused by anorexia is a good place to start. Gain back some healthy weight by developing a new plan for eating the right amount of good foods. You can take small steps and include different new foods into your diet that will help you get back to your healthy body weight. Doing a little bit of soul searching to discover what may have caused anorexia will also help so you can address the root of the problem.

If you or a loved one is struggling with anorexia, contact a qualified eating disorder treatment facility today to get the help you deserve.

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35 Responses to “Top 10 Signs of Anorexia”

  1. Josie

    Um I need advice I’m 9 and I think I have anorexia I haven’t told anyone cause I’m scared they will not believe me help me please

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  2. Beth

    I have anorexia and I am 13and weigh 27kilos I really need help my parents don’t know because I hide it from them I am starting to purge up to six times a day to get one rice cracker out of my body please help me

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  3. gemma

    Josie i know how bad anerexia can be i suffered from it when i was 13 and trust me its not a good experience i was dangerously thin i was risking my life and any chances off having children. U need to make sure u eat well and healthy as long as u eat the right things and dont let anyone tell u ure fat ure young and ure body will change over the years and ure beautiful no matter wot just dont go diwn the road of not eating its not worth ure life xx

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  4. Taylor

    Sweetie, get out of there before its too late. 10% of anorexics die, and around 50% never fully recover. I know what its like, I’m living it right now. The younger you start the harder it’ll be to stop.

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  5. Alison

    Fat is the only word that comes to my mind when I think of me. Everyone around me says I’m thin but I don’t agree. My goal is to be thin and lose weight as fast as possible. I fear food and I fear life. I’m scared in 12 years old turning 13 soon. I weigh 49 kg and am 173 cm tall. People say that they start to notice. What should I do?

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    • Kelly Borden

      Hi Alison – You should talk to your doctor about this or please contact us for help at 866-768-6719.

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  6. Maddie

    I’m 15 and I think I’ve got an eating disorder I skip meals with no reason I’m severally paranoid and I critise what people eat like do u no how much fat is in that and I’m obbsesses wih body image. I have been on a diet for 6 months but I’m 12 stone which is not skinny do h think I have a disorder of some sort I also have ocd

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    • Kelly Borden

      Hi Maddie – We recommend talking to your doctor about your concerns. You may also contact us at 866-768-6719.

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  7. sarah

    Im 13 and i think i might be getting an eating disorder i never have breakfast of lunch on week days and rarley on weekends (cuz my parents will notice if i never eat on the weekends) im 115 lbs i know im not thin or anything but this juat started a couple weeks ago, i never chose to do this it just happened i cant even eat anything without feeling guilty. Some of my friends started to notice a change in my eating patterns and i dont know what to do, cuz like i said i never decided to do this it just happened.
    What should i do???

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    • Casa Palmera

      Hi Sarah – We recommend discussing this with you doctor or you can contact Casa Palmera for help at 866-768-6719.

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  8. NK

    Maybe one sign could be wearing makeup,in order to make their faces look plumper?

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  9. sophie

    Hi, i am 15 and 167cm tall and i went from weighing 63kg to now weighing 50-53kg. I know im not underweight or anything and i don’t look it either but i never eat lunch at school, i just sit there and watch my friends eat and I often come home and have a large bowl of cereal as my dinner then hide my real dinner in my room and dispose of it the next day. I can only really feel satisfied eating only cereal and fruit and i feel like i am constantly eating too much. I used to weigh 48kg and i feel like i have now lost control, i used to eat higher calorie foods i thought but now i am all fatty

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  10. Rebecca

    I’m a 17 year old girl, and I’m overweight. I weigh 12Stone3pounds and recently i’ve become obsessed with checking calories and counting/adding up how many i’m eating per day. I’ve been reading up on mental diseases such as eating disorders, because it interests me, and i’ve realised that I have quite a few of the symptoms. I was wondering whether you can have some of the symptoms but not have anorexia? Also whether you can be overweight but have anorexia. Because i feel I NEED to lose weight, which i do. But i’m so secretive about it.I find it hard to talk about it with family members etc. I don’t know. Can someone give me some advice?

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  11. Cecelia

    Hi I’m Cecelia and I’m 11 years old going on 12. I think I’m starting to have anorexia because I don’t eat at lunch with my friends,I barely eat breakfast,and I even feel fat and gross when I eat in front of family members. Also my friend figured it out and is trying to help me but i keep on pushing her away. What should I do? Should I stop? And should I let my friend help me?

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    • Casa Palmera

      Hi Cecella – Thank you for your comment. We recommend discussing this with your primary physician or friends/family. You can also call 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for help and more information.

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  12. Haley

    I’m 12 and I weigh 140 lbs and I’m about 5 feet 4 inches. I don’t eat breakfast or lunch, I feel guilty eating supper so sometimes I’ll put it in my mouth and go to the bathroom to spit it out or throw it up. My friends are starting to notice my eating habits, they are starting to worry about me. I have quite a few of the symptoms, and I’m getting worried.

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  13. Faith

    Hi I’m faith I’m 13 and I think I am anorexia because I weigh 95-97 lBs and I don’t know for sure I don’t eat lunch or breakfast sometimes dinner not very often though I eat a piece of something maybe a day I can feel my ribs and when I lay down I can feel a dip at my stomach also I play softball I eat and eat but I don’t gain weight but I’m not sure plz help.

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  14. Jenna

    I’m Jenna and I’m 11 and I think I might have an eating disorder. I turn down food and snacks. I also skip meals and I’m losing weight rapidly. I refuse to tell anybody because I don’t wanna go to a hospital. Please help!

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  15. Amanda

    im 12 and i think im anorexic i only eat one piece of toast a day i refuse to eat lunch or dinner.

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  16. Madison

    I only eat in the morning but hardley anything then..I am also super skiny but I don’t think it’s good enough and I also haven’t told anyone about this yet I just told them I was working out to loose some wait

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  17. Lucy

    Hi I’m lucy. I’m 12 years old, 116 pounds and 5ft 4 inches. I know that I’m not over weight but I feel so fat. I am always looking in the mirror and always get upset over the way I look. I feel I am developing anorexia. I count my calories daily, i only allow myself 1200 calories daily and everything I eat I feel guilty about. I weigh myself at least once a day. Sometimes I skip meals and just tell my parents that I’m not hungry but I really just feel bad about what I’ve eaten already that day. I’ve started making my own lunches because the ones my parents make I feel have too many calories. I am always obsessing over my weight and during school I’m thinking about what I can eat later that is low in calories. I don’t know if I am but I think I may be developing anorexia. I have read about some warning signs I have mostly all of them. Please help!

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    • Casa Palmera

      Hi Lucy – Thank you for your comment. We recommend discussing your concerns with your treating physician. You can also call 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for help and more information.

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  18. Sammy

    Hi I’m 14 and a very picky eater, recently I have been obsessed with calories and my body image. I’ve been skipping meals except dinner and then feel guilty if I don’t burn the calories off. Please help

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    • Casa Palmera

      Hi Sammy – Thank you for your comment. We are an adult facility only.However we can refer you to a programs and information that may help you. Please call 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for more information.

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  19. Poppy-Anne

    I feel so fat! I’m 5″3 and weigh 119 pounds (8 stone 7 or 54kg!) I look at myself in the mirror and feel so chubby. All my friends say I’m overweight but I only eat 0-1 meals a day. I go: 1 day, eat nothing, next day, only 1 meal. I am too embarrassed to be seen at school because I am so fat. No matter what I do, I never lose weight. My friends are skinny, small and beautiful but I’m an ugly, massive, fat idiot. I hate myself so much. Help me.

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    • Casa Palmera

      Hi Poppy-Anne -We recommend discussing your concerns with your primary care doctor. You can also contact Casa Palmera at l 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for help and more information.

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  20. Megan

    I don’t know if I’m developing anorexia. People say I am, I’m literally consuming about 600 calories DAILY, it’s become an impulse to actually weigh myself, if I’ve gained weight, I panic I don’t make myself sick but I really restrict what I’m eating, usually I’ll go about 24 hours without eating, then I’ll eat around the same time everyday (I feel SO damn guilty it’s unreal!) to take my medication, then I’ll go without eating again. I’m 16, 5 foot and weigh 94 pounds and I think this is WAY too much! I don’t know what to do because everyone is saying I need help and that I have a problem, but I really don’t! :-/ I’m going to see my GP about it on Friday, but honestly, I don’t think I need help.

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  21. Danielle

    Hi I’m Danielle and I’m 13 years old . I weigh 70kg and I’m 170 cm I know I’m OVERWEIGHT but I think I might have anorexia . I fasted for 40 days then I eat 1 day and I feel so guilty that I fast for 4 days . I’m losing weight but something is not rigt , its been 4 months since my last menstrual period , I feel dizzy weak all the time , I’m developing black hair on my back and face uuug its so gross , and I’m obsessed with what I eat . My mom began to notice and forces me to eat , then I go and purge . I know I’m way overweight but I can’t stop fasting (and if I have to eat ) or purging , it just feels so nice to know you got all the calories out of your system . But please I think I need help

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    • Casa Palmera

      Thank you for your comment Danielle. We recommend you consult your primary care physician for help. You can also contact us at 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for help and more information.

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  22. Kaitlyn

    I don’t think I can be considered anorexic, because I’m still overweight. I’m 18 years old, 5’3″ and 144 lbs. At the beginning of the year, I weighed close to 170 lbs. I started cutting down how much I ate. At the time, it was fine. I ate pretty much all the time, but I wasn’t active, so cutting down on my food was a good change. But I continued cutting down.. Within the first month, I had already lost 15 lbs. Over time, I began to notice that I’d get lightheaded most of the time when I stood up or walked around. I slept more. I subconsciously avoided eating for as long as I could. I ate much less at meals, I couldn’t even finish a small meal. After a few bites, I felt full. I had some trouble concentrating on things, sometimes they’d be blurry and I couldn’t focus on them. In a day, I believe I eat at max 500 calories, and less than a whole meal.
    But I don’t consider myself anorexic. I don’t actually count calories, I don’t avoid fatty foods (I feel a little guilty when I eat them), I don’t exercise at all, and I am still considered about average to slightly overweight for my age and height.

    I have always had a problem with my weight. My mom and grandma are both overweight, and both my sisters seem to be heading down that path. I just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen to me..

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    • Casa Palmera Staff

      Thank you for your comment Danielle. We recommend you consult your primary care physician for help. You can also contact us at 888-481-4481 or email info@casapalmera.com for help and more information.

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  23. M

    I am now in my 30’s but when I was in high school I wanted to be popular so I thought the thinner the better. I would skip breakfast, eat an apple for lunch work out at the gym 3hrs after school and eat stir fry and a veggie Burberry with no bun nightly. I got to the pointe where I lost my period and when I googled period loss it is either happens to professional athletes because of the tough training or anorexia. I realized the most important thing that I wanted in life besides living was children in the future and without a period that would not happen. I am now a healthy weight and have 3 beautiful children. All worth the the few extra pounds, trust me I have been there and just felt the need to share my story as there are others out there with similar issues. You are not alone! Just please know you are beautiful no matter what and you are loved!

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