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How Can You Tell If Someone You Know May Have An Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders are increasingly common in young women, but often concealed from loved ones.  Take Dr. Donnica's decisionnaire to become aware of the signs of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.  What's the next step?  If you think someone you know has an eating disorder, gently express your concern and encourage them to seek professional help, sooner rather than later.

___  Profound thinness or rapid weight loss (more than 15% of body weight)

___  Continual dieting

___  Obsessive concern with body weight, shape, and image

___  Preoccupation with food, nutrition, calories and/or fat grams

___  Preoccupation with exercise/excessive exercise

___  Avoiding eating in public

___  Skipping meals, hiding food, pretending to eat

___  Frequent weighing

___  Binge eating

___  Evidence of vomiting

___  Gulping food in large bites/quickly

___  Sore throat or constant hoarseness

___  Abuse of laxatives, diet pills, diuretics, emetics (substances that cause vomiting)

Created: 11/16/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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