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Physical Signs & Symptoms
 
 
People with eating disorders can display many signs that there is a problem including: mental, cognitive and behavioral.  Below is a listing of physical consequences resulting from eating disorder behaviors like: restricting, bingeing, purging, laxative or diet pill abuse and over exercising. 
 

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AED Eating Disorders Guide to Medical Management
 
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***It is important to note that someone with an eating disorder may not display obvious signs that there is a problem.  This does not mean they are not in any danger***


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GENERAL
  • Marked weight loss, gain or fluctuations
  • Weight loss, weight maintenance or failure to gain expected weight in a child and adolescent who is still growing and developing
  • Cold intolerance
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Syncope
  • Hot flashes, sweating episodes
 
ORAL AND DENTAL
  • Oral trauma/lacerations
  • Dental erosion and dental caries
  • Perimolysis
  • Parotid enlargement
 
CARDIORESPIRATORY
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Arrhythmias
  • Shortness of breath
  • Edema
 
GASTROINTESTINAL
  • Epigastric discomfort
  • Early satiety, delayed gastric emptying
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hematemesis
  • Hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse
  • Constipation
 
ENDOCRINE
  • Amenorrhea or irregular menses
  • Loss of libido
  • Low bone mineral density and increased risk for bone fractures and osteoporosis
  • Infertility
 
NEUROPSYCHIATRIC
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss/Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Depression/Anxiety/Obsessive behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation/suicide attempt
 
DERMATOLOGIC
  • Lanugo hair
  • Hair loss
  • Yellowish discoloration of skin
  • Callus or scars on the dorsum of the hand (Russell’s sign)
  • Poor healing
 
 
*All information on this page has been provided by:
ACADEMY FOR EATING DISORDERS
 
 
 
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