Some of the signs of Anorexia Nervosa are easy to spot, but some are much more difficult to notice. The most common symptom of Anorexia in teens is rapid weight loss or a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, however there are many more signs of eating disorders in teens that appear before the obvious ones such as lethargy, moodiness or depression, or a preoccupation with food, exercise, eating or thinness. If you begin to notice any of these signs of disordered eating such as calorie restriction, overexercising or purging, it’s time to call Adolescent Growth. The following is a list of both common and less common signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa in teens.
Signs of Anorexia Nervosa in Teenagers
- Apparent significant weight loss to the point where the individual’s body weight is less than 85% of the expected weight for their height and age
- Amenorrhea: The absence of three consecutive menstrual cycles
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat despite being underweight
- Grayish skin coloring
- Emaciated physique
- Hair loss or thinning
- Depressive, lethargic state
- Obsession with thinness, food, calorie counting
- Refusing to eat in front of others and/or hiding food
- Distorted body image such as believing one is overweight when in fact they are very thin
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Withdrawing from family, avoiding friends, secretive behavior, etc.
- Engages in excessive exercise
- Periodically engages in binge eating (ingesting large amounts of food in a short period of time) or purging (self-induced vomiting or misusing laxatives, diuretics or enemas)
- Soft, fine hair growing on face and body
- Abdominal expansion
- Susceptible to cold weather, complains of being physically cold
- Attempting to achieve thinness through starvation
If you suspect that your teen is struggling with an eating disorder, help is here for you at Adolescent Growth.
Call 1-888-948-9998 for help today.