Warning Sign #2: Developing ritualistic eating patterns
Cutting up food into tiny pieces, not wanting to eat in front of others, making excuses not to eat, hiding food, and going to the restroom almost immediately after every meal are all signs that someone may be secretly struggling with an eating disorder.
Warning Sign #3: Change in clothing and other behavior
Wearing baggy clothes can be a way for some people with eating disorders to disguise their dramatic changes in weight. Also, if you’re noticing that the person seems more lethargic, anti-social and withdrawn than usual, it may finally be time to say something. When confronting someone with an eating disorder, never do so in a way that’s accusatory, but caring and nonjudgmental instead.
If you or someone know is suffering from an eating disorder, don’t be afraid to speak up! Call the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders’ helpline at 630-577-1330.