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Eating Disorder Symptoms

Recognize danger signs to help determine if you or a loved one could be at risk.

Individuals suffering from eating disorders such as compulsive overeating, bulimia or anorexia nervosa, may be unaware that they have a disorder or may have difficulty asking for help. Please see these warning signs below to help determine whether you or someone you love could be at risk of having an eating disorder. Please contact us immediately if three or more of these warning signs apply.


  • Thoughts about “feeling fat”
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Feelings of loss of control when eating
  • Making excuses to avoid family meals
  • Staying away from social situations that involve eating
  • Weight determines self-esteem
  • Body image obsession
  • Counting calories and fat grams when you eat
  • Feelings of guilt and shame that follow eating
  • Habitual dieting
  • Consuming large quantities of food in short intervals of time
  • Rituals to make what one eats less obvious
  • Self-consciousness or embarrassment about eating
  • Sneaking food
  • Lying about eating habits
  • Restrictive eating
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Laxative abuse
  • Diuretic abuse
  • Use of diet pills
  • Use of Ipecac
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Exercising because you feel you have to, not because you want to
  • Eating to relieve stress or depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Eating when not hungry
  • Eating sensibly in front of others and then making up for it when alone
  • Depression
  • Low body weight
  • Embarrassment about body weight
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty identifying or expressing feelings
  • Strict dieting
  • Fasting
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Gastrointestinal complaints

If you take the first step to help yourself or someone you love, we’ll be there to do the rest.

Give us a call today at 1.800.841.1515 or submit your request for a free, confidential consultation from our counselor.