Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
- Consistently leaving the table within ten minutes after eating a meal
- Stirring or playing with food rather than eating
- Skipping meals consistently
- Skipping a meal and then overeating at another
- Consistent Fatigue
- Exercising more than 1.5 hours a day more than 4 days per week
- Consistently making remarks about “getting healthy”
- Restricting food or food groups
- Talking about particular food as “good” or “bad”
- Expressing concerns about being or becoming fat
- Gaining weight in treatment
- Rigid eating patterns
- Feeling out of control around food
- Purging: self-induced vomiting, laxative use, diet pills or diuretics, excessive exercising
- Using food as comfort
- Feeling that food is controlling your life
10-20% of those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will die from complications secondary to the disorder.
Long-term complications associated with eating disorders include bone density loss and damage to the heart, kidneys and digestive tract.