What are signs of anorexia?

Someone with anorexia may look very thin. She or he may use extreme measures to lose weight by:

  • making her or himself throw up
  • taking pills to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • taking diet pills
  • not eating or eating very little
  • exercising a lot, even in bad weather or when hurt or tired
  • weighing food and counting calories
  • moving food around the plate instead of eating it

Someone with anorexia may also have a distorted body image, shown by thinking she or he is fat, wearing baggy clothes, weighing her or himself many times a day, and fearing weight gain.

Anorexia can also cause someone to not act like her or himself. She or he may talk about weight and food all the time, not eat in front of others, be moody or sad, or not want to go out with friends.