Eating Disorder

Signs of an Eating Disorder

Below is a small list of potential signs that someone might be suffering from an eating disorder. You can also go to our self-test page to get a more accurate idea as to whether professional help should be consulted.

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Weighs at least 15 percent below what is considered normal for others
    of the same height and age.
  • If female of childbearing age and misses at least three consecutive menstrual cycle.
  • Has an intense fear of gaining weight
  • Refuses to maintain the minimal normal body weight
  • Believes he or she is overweight, while in reality
    is dangerously thin


  • At least two binge/purge cycles a week, on average, for at least three months
  • Lacks control over his or her eating behavior
  • Seems obsessed with his or her body shape or weight

Binge Eating Disorder

  • At least two binge-eating episodes a week, on average for six months
  • Lacks control over his or her eating behavior

Common medical conditions associated with eating disorders:

  • acid reflux
  • constipation
  • loss of menstrual cycle
  • dry and yellow skin
  • feeling cold
  • slowness of thought
  • erosion of the teeth and gums
  • hemorrhoids
  • osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • stunted growth in adolescents
  • infertility
  • hearth rhythm abnormalities
  • heart attacks/strokes
  • electrolyte abnormalities
  • abnormal liver functions
  • anemia
  • decreased estrogen or testosterone
  • elevated cholesterol
  • abnormal blood pressure
  • shrinkage of the brain

If you feel that you or someone you know may be suffering from an eating disorder, please do not hesitate to seek help. Here in Memphis, TN you can simply pick up the phone and give us a call. We are here to help, and your call is completely confidential.

Learn more about our Eating Disorder Programs