WARNING SIGNS OF ANOREXIA IN YOUR TEEN
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF ANOREXIA
If your teen is becoming more and more focused on his or her body, including weight, shape, or size, this might be an early sign of anorexia. Commonly, those who develop anorexia are displeased with their physical appearance and tend to become fixated on all things concerning the body. Some frequent behaviors associated with increased focus on the body are:
- Negative body comments
- More time spent in from of the mirror
- Body checking (touching the body to assess size, shape, and/or weight loss or gain)
- Seeking reassurance from others regarding body shape and size
- Weighing self frequently
- Increased exercise
FOOD BEHAVIORS AND RITUALS
- Only eating certain foods
- Expressing fear of certain foods
- Not letting foods mix (or touch) other food items on the same plate
- Taking very small bites
- Counting calories
Of course, a telltale sign of anorexia is if your teen begins to skip meals. This may not seem concerning at first, as your teen may use excuses such as “I’m not hungry” or “I already ate.”
There are many signs and symptoms that might emerge if you teenager is struggling with anorexia, including:
QUICK LIST OF WARNING SIGNS IN ANOREXIA
Presence of diet/laxative pills
Obsessiveness around food
Wearing loose clothing (an effort to cover up weight loss or avoid body comments)
Mood changes, especially around food and meal times
Focus on body shape and size
Loss of interest in social outlets and activities
IF YOU SUSPECT A LOVED ON IS STRUGGLING WITH ANOREXIA, THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF TO GAIN CLARITY ON THE INDIVIDUAL’S BEHAVIORS:
Is he/she exceedingly concerned about gaining or losing weight?
Is there food hidden in his/her room?
Have you found diet pills or laxatives that you did not purchase?
Do he/she wear loose-fitting clothing?
Has he/she become increasingly secretive?
Does he/she focus on the calories in foods eaten?
Has he/she suddenly adopted a vegetarian/vegan/other diet?
Is he/she spending more time exercising?