Eating Disorder Warning Signs


Eating Behaviors and Attitudes:

  • Food and exercise concerns interfere with school, work, and social life.
  • Trying diet pills, laxatives, vomiting or extra time exercising in order to lose or maintain weight
  • Worrying about what they eat and when they will exercise all of the time
  • Feeling incredible guilt, shame and anxiety when they break a diet
  • Feeling out of control when eating
  • Being afraid to eat in from of other

Cognitive & Emotional signs:

  • Excessive concern about weight and shape
  • Distorted body image
  • Intense fear of gaining weight

Behavioral signs:

  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others
  • Disappearing to the bathroom after meals
  • Food group avoidance and/or obsessive preoccupation with calories, carbohydrate, and fat content
  • Unusual eating behaviors
  • Shifting food around the plat
  • Cutting food into tiny pieces
  • Wearing loose clothing or dressing in layers
  • Excessive and/or compulsive exercise

Physical Warning Signs of Disorder Eating:

  • Dizziness, fainting, and/or blacking out
  • Reflexive vomiting
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Chronic fatigue or weakness
  • Painful muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Signs of severe dehydration
  • Rapid weight loss
  • More than 15 lbs. in 4 weeks

*For further consultation and support call CAPS: 303-492-6766


Adapted from Sheri Barke, MPH, RD 2002 and The National Eating Disorder Association