Commonly Expressed Behaviors:

  • Binge eating (gluttony)
  • Purging by vomiting or abuse of laxatives
  • Eating in secret
  • Stealing food
  • Hiding food
  • Lying about eating
  • Excessive exercise
  • Dieting or starving between binges

Other Signs:

  • Preoccupation with eating and/or not eating
  • Usually have food addictions
  • Repeated delusional expectations of success
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Use of prescription or OTC appetite suppressants
  • High achiever/perfectionistic tendencies
  • Usually height/weight proportionate, or only slightly over/or underweight
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Domineering fear of getting fat
  • Food is viewed as the enemy
  • Thinness and physical appearance is overvalued
  • Distorted body image (very self-critical)
  • Preoccupation with self
  • Depression
  • Usually knows there is a problem and often willingly seeks help