Identify the Warning Signs

Julie LaJoe

Julie LaJoe, MA, LPC
Behavioral Health Counselor
Desert Mission Community Health Center

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides a short screening tool for ages 13 and up to help determine the need of seeking professional treatment for eating disorders. Go to:
Before you can treat a problem, you must be able to know the signs of the problem and be able to identify it.

The following are warning signs of eating disorders:

1-Changes in weight.
2-Preoccupation with body image.
3-Disruptions in eating patterns.
4-Becoming overly focused on nutritional content or calories in foods – good/bad foods and safe/unsafe foods.
5-Exercise patterns change – becoming disturbed if pattern of exercise is disrupted, restricting food intake to make up for it.
6-Mood fluctuations.
7-Use of laxatives or diet pills.
8-Changes in physical symptoms.
o Hair loss.
o Irregular menses.
o Dental problems from self-induced vomiting.
o Chronic constipation.
o Gastro-intestinal problems.
o Low energy.
o Low blood pressure.


NOAH is an integrated health care facility with primary medical care, pediatrics, internal medicine, dental, psychiatric, behavioral health, and nutrition services. NOAH providers can assess and help formulate a treatment plan that addresses holistic needs of individuals with eating disorders. If you have concerns that you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, please schedule an appointment with one of our providers and discuss your concerns.

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