Signs and Symptoms

Anorexia Nervosa
  • Excessive preoccupation with food and dieting
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Loss of menstrual periods
  • Distorted body image
  • Physical changes such as constipation, coldness, and/or low pulse
  • Rigid eating habits, vomiting, and/or laxative abuse
Bulimia
  • Preoccupation with food and eating
  • Secretive binge eating
  • Fear of loss control over eating and weight
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight fluctuations due to bingeing and fasting
  • Vomiting or laxative abuse
  • Physical changes such as swollen glands or eroded tooth enamel

If you think you or someone you care about may have an eating disorder, don’t wait! Contact your physician or call Darlene M. Atkins, Director of the Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Clinic, at 202-476-2164; datkins@childrensnational.org