Nurturing and Supporting Mental Wellbeing

Spotting the Signs of an Eating Disorder

There are a number of changes you might notice, these are some of the most common things:

  • Social isolation
  • Avoiding / self-conscious about eating around others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive and/or rigid behaviour (e.g. restricted foods, specific times for eating)
  • Perfectionism and setting unreasonably high personal standards
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Changes to weight – gaining, losing or fluctuating weight
  • Avoiding physical exercise
  • Exercising excessively
  • Covering up body parts
  • Eating when not hungry

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