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Signs & Symptoms of Anorexia

Life Works - the leading specialist in anorexia treatment.

Do I have a problem with anorexia?

Symptoms of AnorexiaThe symptoms and causes of anorexia are largely focused around unhealthy eating patterns and distorted body image. People suffering from anorexia will often restrict their calorie intake and obsess over the foods they do eat.

This can lead to unhealthy weight loss and a dangerously low BMI.

If you are struggling with anorexia, Life Works can help. For more information or to start your treatment, call us at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

Signs and symptoms of anorexia

  • You are preoccupied with the fat and calorie content of your food and often restrict the calories you eat.
  • You obsessively check labels on foods and weigh out your food portions.
  • Your diet is very controlled even though you are thin. You have a list of foods that you won’t allow yourself to eat.
  • You have told others that you are wheat intolerant, lactose intolerant or even vegetarian, so that you could exclude more foods and calories from your meals.
  • A great deal of your time is spent thinking about food and yet you eat a very small amount. You prefer to cook for your friends or family and enjoy reading about food, collecting recipes or menu planning.
  • You feel compelled to carry out secret rituals when you eat – for example, how you cut your food, chewing it a certain number of times, eating from a particular plate or chewing your food and then spitting it out.
  • You regularly avoid eating and conceal this from those around you – for example, by hiding or throwing your food away. You may make excuses to avoid meals such as “I’m not feeling very well.”, “I’ve already eaten a big meal.” or “I’m not hungry.”
  • You are doing less of the things that were important to you in order to avoid eating - for example, seeing friends or family, going out or enjoying hobbies.
  • You are terrified of putting on weight and moitor your weight very carefully.
  • You feel fat or that certain parts of your body are ‘too fat’ – for example, your stomach, thighs or hips – even though you are underweight.
  • Have you experienced dramatic weight loss over a short time period - with no medical reasons for this.
  • You feel that you’ll never be slim enough.
  • You exercise, often excessively, to ensure you burn off the day’s calories.
  • You refuse to acknowledge that your body weight is low enough to be a problem – but hide it from those around you by wearing loose or baggy clothes, or drinking lots of water just before you are weighed.
  • You spend a lot of time, effort or money trying to 'correct' your body.

If you can relate to these symptoms and you are ready to start recovery, please call Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

Symptomatic denial

Denial is common and symptomatic of anorexia, so you may deny that you have a problem both to yourself and to others, through:

  • minimising the impact of your low body weight on your health
  • criticising those around you for making too much fuss about your eating habits
  • concealing your anorexia from your loved ones
  • considerably overestimating your body size
  • placing the blame for your disordered eating on other people or situations in your life, such as “I can’t eat because my job is so stressful.”

Get help

Anorexia is considered by many to be the most dangerous eating disorder. Beating it takes specialised treatment and determination. Here at Life Works, we provide both in our residential treatment centre.

If you are ready to start your journey to anorexia recovery, please call Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

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