Warning Signs

  • Frequent changes in weight
  • Lethargy, tiredness and insomnia
  • Dehydration
  • General digestive problems (cramps, wind, constipation, diarrhoea)
  • Poor skin condition
  • Headaches, tension
  • Sore throat and mouth ulcers, husky voice
  • Calluses on fingers
  • Irregular periods
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Erosion of tooth enamel, tooth decay
  • Feeling emotional, irritability, mood swings
  • Dissatisfaction with body image
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt and shame
  • Depression and related symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Preoccupation with dieting
  • Regular binges (uncontrollable overeating)
  • Being sick after meals
  • Disappearing to the lavatory after meals in order to get rid of food
  • Secret hoarding of food
  • Secret disposal of vomit (e.g. bags of vomit hidden in bedroom)
  • Abuse of laxatives
  • Excessive exercising
  • Risk-taking behaviours such as alcohol or drug misuse, shoplifting, promiscuity, self-harm
  • Problems dealing with social situations and interaction with others