Eating Disorders: Signs and Symptoms

How can you tell if your child is struggling with an eating disorder? If a teen or young adult has an ED he

  • doesn’t want to eat with the family or prefers to eat in isolation,
  • makes many trips to the bathroom during or after meals,
  • spends a great deal of time in the bathroom during the night,
  • always wears long pants and long sleeve shirts, even on hot days,
  • obsesses over calories, food labels, and portion sizes,
  • is hyperfocused on exercise,
  • wears baggy clothing to disguise weight loss or weight gain,
  • complains a lot about digestive issues or bowel problems,
  • always has an excuse as to why he can’t eat a meal or isn’t home during regular mealtimes,
  • constantly makes negative remarks about his looks, weight, or body shape.

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