Signs You Might Be Anorexic

More people die from eating disorders than any other psychiatric disorder, so it's important to pay attention to the warning signs.

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A severe fear of gaining weight despite being thin is only one of the indicators of anorexia.

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More people die from eating disorders than any other psychiatric disorder. So, it's important to pay attention to the warning signs. The secret nature of the disease means that individuals are often reluctant to seek help.

[READ: The Unseen Lives of Anorexic Men]

For information, advice or for a medical referral, visit the National Eating Disorder Associaton website or call their helpline: 1-800-931-2237

Symptoms of Anorexia in Men and Women:

  • Excessive weight loss
  • Fixation on calories and food content
  • Dieting despite being thin
  • A severe fear of gaining weight, while thin
  • Distorted body image
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constipation
  • Fainting
  • Hair loss or growth of soft, fine body hair
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Extreme patterns of exercise

Source: ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

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