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CHECKLIST FOR VISIBLE CHARACTERISTICS OF ANOREXIA

Behavioral Signs

 ____Signs of restricted eating (usually low intake of food) such as severe diets or fasting

____Odd food rituals counting bites of food, cutting food into tiny pieces, or preparing

         food for others while refusing to eat

____Intense fear of becoming fat, regardless of  weight

____Fear of food and situations where food may be present

____Rigid exercise regimens

____Dressing in layers to hide weight loss

____Binging

____Use of laxatives, enemas, or diuretics to get rid of food, over-exercising

Physiological Signs

 ____Weight loss (often in a short period of time)

____Paleness

____Complaints of feeling cold

____Dizziness and fainting spells

____Loss of menstruation without physiological cause

Attitudinal Signs

 ____Mood shifts

____Perfectionistic attitude

____Insecurities about performance and capabilities

____Feelings of self-worth are increasingly linked to what is or is not eaten

____Withdrawal from people

____Cognitive Rigidity

____Difficulty adapting/flexing

CHECKLIST FOR VISIBLE CHARACTERISTICS OF BULIMIA

Behavioral Signs

 ____Binging

____Secretive eating, evidenced by missing food

____Preoccupation with and constant talk about food and/or weight

____The avoidance of restaurants, planned meals, or social events if food is present

____Self-disparagement when too much has been eaten

____Bathroom visits after meals

____Vomiting, laxative abuse or fasting

____The use of diet pills

____Rigid and harsh exercise regimes

____Fear of being fat, regardless of weight

 

Physiological Signs

 ____Swollen glands, puffiness in the cheeks, or broken blood vessels under the eyes

____Complaints of sore throat

____Unexplained tooth decay

____Frequent weight fluctuations, often within a 10-15 pound range

Attitudinal Signs

 ____Frequent and intense mood shifts that include depression, sadness, guilt, and self-hate

____Severe self-criticism

____The need for approval to feel good about self

____Self-worth determined by weight

____Self-worth focused on how one looks instead of what one does/accomplishes or feels

 

 CHECKLIST FOR CHARACTERISTICS OF COMPULSIVE OVEREATING

Behavioral Signs

 ____Binging

____Restriction of activities because of embarrassment about weight

____Going from one diet to the next

____Eating little in public while maintaining a high weight

Physiological Signs

 ____Weight-related hypertension of fatigue

____Weight gain

Attitudinal Signs

 ____Feelings about self based on weight and control of eating

____Fantasizing about being a better person when thin

____Feeling tormented by eating habits

____Social and professional failures attributed to weight

____  Weight is the focus of life

EATING DISORDERS:  SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

A Person With Anorexia…

  • Is thin and continues to get thinner
  • Diets even though not overweight
  • Has a distorted body image – feels fat even when thin
  • Loses or experiences thinning hair
  • Talks excessively about food, cooking, or dieting

 A Person With Bulimia…

  • Engages in binge eating
  • Uses the bathroom frequently after meals
  • Reacts to stress by overeating
  • Experiences frequent fluctuations in weight
  • Has depressive moods

A Person With A Binge Eating Disorder…

  • Eats large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Eats rapidly
  • Eats to the point of feeling uncomfortably full
  • Often eats alone because of shame or embarrassment
  • Has a history of marked weight fluctuations

TIPS FOR PARENTS

DO

  • Examine your own beliefs and behavior related to body image and weight and consider how your children might interpret the message they get from you
  • Encourage healthy eating and exercise
  • Allow your child to determine when he/she is full
  • Talk about the variety of different body types and the fact that they can all be acceptable and healthy
  • Discuss the danger of dieting
  • Tell your child you love him/her for what is inside, not because of how he/she looks

 

DON’T

  •  Label foods as “good” or “bad”
  •  Use food for rewards or punishments
  •  Diet or encourage your child to diet
  •  Comment on weight or body types: yours, your child’s or any one else’s
  •  Allow teasing or making fun of anyone based on physical characteristics including size

2 comments

  • uhavnoclu

    You fitness weight freaks complain about obesity and calories and now you complain about weight loss????,GET REAL INSTEAD OF FIT….diet drinks cause you to gain weight instead of lose weight,all diet drinks are are more carbonation then syrup.
    I HAVE BEEN EATING A JUNK FOOD DIET…SUGAR…CALORIES….MY WHOLE LIFE AND HAVE KEPT THE SAME WEIGHT AND I AM VERY HEALTHY.
    Eat that y'all.

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