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Anorexia warning signs

None of these warning signs on its own means that a young person has anorexia but if they are exhibiting several of these signs then you are right to be concerned.

For further information, support and advice visit www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk

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Anorexia warning signs

  1. 1. Anorexia Warning Signs Pooky Knightsmith Institute of Psychiatry www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  2. 2. What is an eating disorder? • 3 major types • Food and weight as a way of coping • Serious mental health issue • ANYONE can be affected • Not all about appearances • Low self-esteem@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  3. 3. Anorexia Nervosa The thinner I got, the fatter I felt. I would look in the mirror and cry as I saw this ugly whale looking back at me • Low weight • Fear of weight gain • Influence of shape and weight • Loss of periods@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  4. 4. Anorexia Warning Signs Weight Loss (may be cleverly hidden…)@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  5. 5. Anorexia Warning Signs Restricted Eating May cut out entire food groups – e.g. become vegetarian@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  6. 6. Anorexia Warning Signs Skipping Meals@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  7. 7. Anorexia Warning Signs Strange Behaviour Calorie Counting@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  8. 8. Anorexia Warning Signs Baggy Clothing Layers of Clothes@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  9. 9. Anorexia Warning Signs Isolation Distances themselves from friends@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  10. 10. Anorexia Warning Signs Avoiding PE to avoid weight loss detection or exercising hard to lose weight@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  11. 11. Anorexia Warning Signs Dizziness due to low blood sugar Blue Hands due to cold@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  12. 12. Anorexia Warning Signs Lifeless Hair Brittle Nails due to poor nutrition@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  13. 13. Anorexia Warning Signs Chewing Gum To take mind off or replace food@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  14. 14. Anorexia Warning Signs Can’t focus on School Work consumed with thoughts of food@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  15. 15. Warning Signs Summary • Weight loss • Avoiding PE • Restricted eating • Over-exercising • Skipping meals • Dizziness & fainting • Strange behaviour • Blue hands • Calorie counting • Lifeless hair • Baggy clothing • Brittle nails • Layers of clothing • Chewing gum • Can’t focus in class@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  16. 16. Questions? pooky@eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk @ed_advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk Advice and support for teachers and parents@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk
  17. 17. The Book@ED_Advice www.eatingdisordersadvice.co.uk

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