Signs of Anorexia in Teens

Signs of Anorexia in Teens

If you are concerned that an adolescent you know might have anorexia, here is a list of the most common signs of anorexia among kids we see at Columbus Park:

  1. Obvious low weight or gaunt appearance (as a result of inadequate nutrition).

  1. Preoccupation with weight, food, and dieting.

  1. Refusal to eat certain foods, such as carbs.

  1. Intense fear of weight gain, sometimes demonstrated by frequent comments about being fat.

  1. Denial of hunger.

  1. Development of food rituals (systematic order of foods eaten, rearranging food on the plate, etc.).

  1. Excuses to avoid mealtimes or events with food.

  1. Withdrawal from normal life activities.

  1. Excessive or compulsive exercising.

  1. Inability to appreciate the severity of the situation.

Also, for girls, menstruation that becomes irregular or stops is another common symptom.

If you think an adolescent you know may be struggling with anorexia, we can help.  Give us a call.