What are the common symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

Symptoms of anorexia nervosa are both physical and psychological. The physical symptoms are a result of self-starvation and malnourishment. Common symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:
  • Extreme weight loss (being at least 15% under your normal body weight)
  • Distorted body image
  • Severely restricting food intake (self-starvation)
  • Excessive exercise
  • Wearing loose clothing (this is to try and cover up weight loss)
  • Binging and purging (self-induced vomiting)
  • Using laxatives, enemas, and/or diet products in an attempt to lose weight
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Refusing to eat; denying hunger
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Social isolation
  • Irritability
  • Lack of emotion 
  • Depressed mood
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Frequently making excuses for not eating
  • Obsession with weighing oneself 
  • Bizarre eating rituals such as chewing food then spitting it out
  • Not wanting to eat in public
  • Frequently looking in the mirror for “flaws”
  • Being very self-critical 
  • Being obsessed with perfection 
  • Fixation with food preparation
  • Extremely thin appearance
  • Dizziness/fainting
  • Insomnia
  • Fine, soft hairs covering the body (lanugo) 
  • Constipation
  • Absence of a menstrual period 
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Thinning/loss of hair
  • Brittle fingernails and hair
  • Blue discoloration of fingers
  • Dry skin
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Heartbeat irregularities 
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • Swelling of arms or legs
  • Coming down with illnesses frequently
anorexia nervosa symptoms

  • "Anorexia nervosa" Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 14 Aug. 2017.
  • "Anorexia Nervosa." | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, n.d. Web. 14 Aug. 2017.
  • “Anorexia Nervosa.” Cleveland Clinic, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 14 Aug. 2017.


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