Whenever there are significant
changes in eating and weight patterns combined with emotional changes and undue
influence of weight, shape and appearance on self-esteem there is reason for
concern. Symptoms may include: overvaluation of foods or food groups, emotional
withdrawal, ritualistic food behaviors, recent unexplained weight loss, fear
associated with gaining weight or becoming overweight despite being under
weight, or distorted view of weight, shape and appearance. In children and
adolescents the first signs may be a failure to meet expected growth ranges.
See Mayo Clinic's complete list of symptoms.
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