Intense fear of putting on weight. This fear is not lessened by weight loss.
Preoccupation with body weight, size and shape. Self-evaluation and self-esteem become increasingly linked to these.
Perception of body shape and size are disturbed (body image distortion). Even an obviously emaciated body is experienced as fat.
Disruption of hormonal balance. In women and adolescent girls the menstrual cycle is upset: periods become irregular and eventually cease (amenorrhoea). In men there can be a loss of libido. In pre-pubertal children growth can be disrupted and sexual development can be delayed.
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