Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders
The following signs and symptoms are specific to school settings. Eating disorders are marked by a variety of emotional, physical, and behavioral changes. If a student consistently shows one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below, it may be cause for concern and action.
|Changes in attitude and performance||Suddent weight loss, gain, or fluctuation in short time||Diets or chaotic food intake; pretends to eat, then throws away food; skips meals|
|Expresses body image complaints or concerns||Dark circles under eyes or bloodshot eyes/burst capillaries around eyes||Exercises for long periods and with obsessive attitude; exercises excessively every day|
|Continuous talk about food, weight, shape, exercise, cooking, etc.||Calluses on the knuckles from self-induced vomiting||Wears very baggy clothes to hide a very thin body or weight gain|
|Seems or acts sad, depressed, anxious, ashamed, embarrassed, and/or worthless||Dry hair or skin, dehydration, and/or blue hands/feet||Avoids cafeteria and/or works through lunch|
|Target of body or weight bullying currently or in the past||Feeling faint, cold, tired, or fatigued||Shows some type of compulsive behavior; makes lists of foods and calories eaten|
|Spends a lot of time alone||Thinning, dry hair||Denies difficulty with food or body image despite evidence that this is an area of concern|