Warning Signs

Be on the lookout for:


  • Constant thoughts of food

  • Counting calories

  • Weighing several times a day

  • Complaining about being fat or about specific body parts

  • Severely limiting food intake

  • Labeling certain foods as “good” or “bad”

  • Obsessive Exercising to the extreme to burn calories

  • Exercising as a punishment for eating a “bad” food

  • Vomiting after eating

  • Severe anxiety

  • Using laxatives, diet pills, enemas, diuretics, and or ipecac

  • Hiding foods

  • Exhibiting food rituals (such as cutting food into tiny pieces)

  • Frequent or often long trips to the bathroom, often with water running

  • Avoiding people, lying, keeping secrets, stealing, cutting or compulsively shopping

  • Perfectionism

  • Reading books or visiting websites on eating disorders and dieting

  • Considerably thinner in a relatively short period of time with no explainable reason, such as a medical cause

  • Swollen neck with enlarged salivary glands resulting from excessive vomiting.

  • Lying and secretive behavior

  • Absence of menstrual cycles  (in younger ages, 3 cycles may be rather late in the game to intervene)

  • Maintaining a body weight of 15% below normal for age, height, and body type

  • Dressing to hide body shape

  • Avoiding meals

  • Dental Problems

  • Brittle Nails & Hair


* Studies have shown that anorexia and bulimia have a hereditary factor of 50-80%.  It is important to address one’s “family history” of an eating disorder and be especially mindful of this factor.

Did you know?

The 5 Primary Contributors to Eating Disorders are:


  1. Genetics

  2. Interpersonal Environment

  3. Media (Television, billboards, etc.)

  4. Trauma or various life changes

  5. Society