Monday Health Minute | Published February 25, 2013

Warning Signs that a Friend or Family Member has an Eating Disorder



  • Unusual eating habits, including food being found in the trash that should have been eaten.


  • Or the opposite can be found: empty cupboards and refrigerators, and hidden stashes of high-calorie foods.


  • Avoiding social situations that involve food and making excuses to get out of eating.


  • Taking diet pills, laxatives, prescription stimulants or even illegal drugs.


  • Frequent trips to the bathroom immediately following meals, which can be accompanied with water running or other sounds to hide the sound of vomiting.