Red Flags

Eating Disorder Red Flags

  • constant thoughts about his/her weight
  • enjoys cooking for others but not for themselves
  • finds that their weight determines their mood for the day
  • avoids eating with family and friends
  • feels guilty after he/she eats
  • frequently compares their body size and shape to others
  • weight fluctuates drastically over short time spans
  • preoccupation with the eating behaviors of others
  • menstrual irregularities
  • eating to relieve stress or depression
  • constant concern of being fat
  • difficulty concentrating
  • increased isolation
  • hair loss
  • frequent weighing of self
  • participation in frequent diet fads
  • lying to others about eating patterns
  • insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • dizzy spells, fainting, or blackouts
  • always feeling cold
  • fine body hair on his/her body
  • swollen puffy cheeks
  • feels confused about their emotions; fear of expressing them
  • eats the same rigid foods all the time
  • decline social engagements because he/she must work out
  • loss of interest in things he/she used to enjoy
  • purchase clothing based on size instead of the fit
*Important to note that some signs listed above can occur independently of an eating disorder. If many are present and there is a concern of origin, please seek help as soon as possible.