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Warning Signs of Anorexia or Bulimia

Are you worried that your child or someone you love is suffering from an eating disorder? Help is available.

If your child appears to be losing weight and becomes withdrawn, spending less time with family and friends and a lot more time alone in his or her room, there may be cause for concern.

Some tell-tale signs include calluses on the back of the hand (from sticking the fingers down the back of the throat), the development of a layer of very fine body and/or facial hair (the body’s way of trying to keep warm), finding laxatives in the house, disappearing right after a meals and leaving signs of vomit around the commode.

Often the child will start to wear very baggy clothing and will repeatedly find excuses for not eating meals with the family. If these signs sound familiar and your child displays any of these symptoms, seek professional help immediately. As is the case with all life-threatening illnesses, early detection and intervention are critical in saving lives.

SOURCE: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.