Symptom Checklist

There are a number of recognisable symptoms…


Physical signs

  • Loss or disturbance of menstruation in girls and women and decreased libido in men Fainting or dizziness
  • Rapid weight loss or frequent weight changes
  • Loss or disturbance of menstruation in girls and women and decreased libido in men Fainting or dizziness
  • Feeling tired and not sleeping well
  • Lethargy and low energy
  • Signs of damage due to vomiting including swelling around the cheeks or jaw, calluses on knuckles, damage to teeth and bad breath
  • Feeling cold most of the time, even in warm weather

Psychological signs

  • Preoccupation with eating, food, body shape and weight
  • Feeling anxious and or irritable around meal times
  • Feeling ‘out of control’ around food
  • 'Black and white’ thinking e.g. rigid thoughts about food being ‘good’ or ‘bad’
  • A distorted body image
  • Using food as a source of comfort e.g. eating as a way to deal with boredom, stress or depression
  • Using food as self-punishment e.g. refusing to eat due to depression, stress or other emotional reasons

Behavioural signs

  • Dieting behaviour e.g. fasting, counting calories/kilojoules, avoiding food groups such as fats and carbohydrates)
  • Eating in private and avoiding meals with other people
  • Evidence of binge eating e.g. disappearance and/or hoarding of food
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals
  • Vomiting or using laxatives, enemas, appetite suppressants or diuretics
  • Changes in clothing style e.g. wearing baggy clothes
  • Compulsive or excessive exercising e.g. exercising in bad weather, continuing to exercise when sick or injured, and experience distress if exercise is not possible
  • Changes in food preferences e.g. claiming to dislike foods previously enjoyed, sudden preoccupation with healthy eating or replacing means with fluids
  • Obsessive rituals around food preparation and eating e.g. eating very slowly, cutting food into very small pieces, insisting that meals are served at exactly the same time every day.
  • Extreme sensitivity to comments about your body shape, weight, eating and exercise habits
  • Secretive behaviour around food e.g. saying they have eaten when they haven't, hiding uneaten food


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