Anorexia Warning Signs Guide

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A summary of commonly seen warning signs in people suffering with anorexia nervosa. Designed to provide basic information and as the basis for awareness raising sessions with e.g. parents, students or school staff. There is also an accompanying video and factsheet see:

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  • 1. Anorexia Warning Signs Dr Pooky Knightsmith

2. WHAT IS AN EATING DISORDER? 3 major types Food and weight as a way of coping Serious mental health issue ANYONE can be affected Not all about appearances Low self-esteem 3. ANOREXIA NERVOSA Low weight Fear of weight gain Influence of shape & weight Periods may stop in girls The thinner I got, the fatter I felt. I would look in the mirror and cry as I saw this ugly whale looking back at me 4. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Weight Loss (may be cleverly hidden) 5. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Restricted Eating May cut out entire food groups e.g. become vegetarian 6. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Skipping Meals 7. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Strange Behaviour Calorie Counting 8. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Baggy Clothing Layers of Clothes 9. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Isolation Distances themselves from friends 10. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Avoiding PE to avoid weight loss detection or exercising hard to lose weight 11. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Dizziness due to low blood sugar Blue Hands due to cold 12. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Lifeless Hair Brittle Nails due to poor nutrition 13. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Chewing Gum To take mind off or replace food 14. ANOREXIA WARNING SIGNS Cant focus on School Work consumed with thoughts of food 15. WARNING SIGNS SUMMARY Weight loss Restricted eating Skipping meals Strange behaviour Calorie counting Baggy clothing Layers of clothing Cant focus in class Avoiding PE Over-exercising Dizziness & fainting Blue hands Lifeless hair Brittle nails Chewing gum 16. Need more support? Dr Pooky Knightsmith specialises in mental health and emotional well-being in the school setting. She can provide training sessions or workshops for school staff, parents or students on a variety of topics. For further information and free resources visit Email: Twitter: @PookyH