The physical symptoms are due to a lack of nutrition which leads the body to conserve its resources in an effort to survive.
- Loss of menstrual period in females post-puberty
- Sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- Dry and thinning hair
- Brittle nails
- Lightheadedness or loss of balance (may experience fainting)
- Downy hair all over the body (called lanugo), which is the body's effort to conserve heat
- Low blood pressure and heart rate
- Bruises easily
- Extreme weight loss
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Extreme dehydration
- Brittle bones
These signs are usually noticed by family members and friends who notice odd or irregular patters in their behavior.
- The person talks or thinks about food, weight, calories, and dieting so much it gets in the way of regular conversation
- Desperate to exercise even when inappropriate
- Talks about fear of gaining weight
- Refusal to eat certain foods, especially those who are very fattening.
- Eats alone or has weird eating habits.
- May seem obsessed with cooking, or food in general.
- May wear baggy clothing,despite weather conditions.
- Isolates themselves from family and friends
- Denial of hunger
- Plays with their food but doesn't really eat it
- Determines self-esteem worth, or attractiveness by appearance and weight
- Strong need for approval
- Little motivation to engage in relationships or activities
- Easily irritated
- Extremely self-critical
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