Signs & Symptoms

Physical Symptoms include:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Thin appearance
  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Brittle nails
  • Hair that thins or falls out
  • Soft, downy hair that covers the body
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Intolerance of cold
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Osteoporosis

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms include:

  • Refusal to eat
  • Denial of hunger
  • Excessive exercise
  • Flat mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Skipping meals
  • Eating only a few foods, usually those low in fat and calories
  • Rigid meal or eating habits
  • Weighing foods
  • Cooking for others but refusing to eat
  • Repeated weighing of themselves
  • Frequent checking in the mirror
  • Baggy or layered clothing
  • Complaining about being fat