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Typical Symptoms Across Disorders*

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Not all people with eating disorders will experience all of the symptoms described here. This website is not a substitute for expert professional care. If you have or suspect you may have an eating disorder, please consult your health care provider.

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Anorexia | Bulimia | Not Otherwise Specified

Enlarged Glands in the Mouth and Neck

Swelling and soreness in the glands in the mouth and neck. This is usually caused by throwing up repeatedly.

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Acid Reflux (Heartburn)

Acid from the stomach goes back up into the esophagus (the tube that brings food from the mouth to the stomach when swallowing). This is also called "heartburn" because it feels like burning in the chest. Heartburn can be caused by repeated vomiting. Stomach acid can damage the lining of the esophagus and can even cause it to tear. This can be very painful and very dangerous.

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Tooth Pain

Teeth can start to look clear or yellow from the breakdown of tooth enamel. This is caused by excessive vomiting. The acid from the vomit is what wears down the teeth. This can make teeth very sensitive to hot or cold food, and can be very painful. Bad eating habits and poor nutrition can also lead to a lot of cavities.

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Dehydration

Feeling dizzy, weak or nauseous because of not drinking enough liquids or abusing laxatives or diuretics. Can lead to constipation, muscle cramps, fainting and abnormal heartbeat.

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Red Eyes

The strain of excessive vomiting can make blood vessels in the eyes burst. This makes eyes look red and bloodshot.

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Swollen Cheeks

Swollen glands in the mouth and neck can be caused by excessive vomiting. This can lead to swollen cheeks or jaws.

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Russell's Sign

Scars or calluses on the knuckles from putting fingers down the throat and vomiting. Can also be seen as small cuts and calluses across fingers.

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Overweight

Bingeing on foods that are high in fat, sugar and/or salt can cause weight gain. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, digestive problems, and heart problems.

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High Blood Pressure and/or Cholesterol

Can be caused by having a diet that is very high in sugar, fat and/or salt. Increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

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Hair Loss/Thinning

Hair becomes thin or falls out in clumps. This can be caused by poor nutrition, which leads to a lack of vitamins and minerals that are important for keeping hair strong and healthy.

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National Eating Disorders Association: What's Going On With Me?
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Provides some questions that helps you evaluate your eating and exercising habits
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC): Pro-Eating Disorder Websites
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Puzzling Symptoms: Eating Disorders and the Brain - A Family Guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders
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An eating disorder diagnosis is an opportunity to begin treatment that can free a loved one to go on with their life. Modern neuroscience has a great deal to offer families doing what they do best: supporting a loved one!
Eating Disorders & Online Resources for Young People: User Experience Guidelines for Prevention & Early Intervention of Eating Disorders
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This resource for professionals highlights research from youth consultation workshops to help understand what young people want in an online resource about eating disorders.
Eating Disorders 101: National Eating Disorders Collaboration
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An Australian website with information about prevention and management of eating disorders.
Looking Glass Foundation
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A BC-based group providing support for teens and young adults struggling with Eating Disorders. Website includes information on their Summer Camp, Free Weekly Drop-In Support Groups, Provincial On-Line Support Groups, and Looking Glass Treatment Centre.
What to Expect? A Family Orientation to BC Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit.
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This video provides children, youth and their families and caregivers with an overview of the Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit at BC Children's Hospital. Catch a glimpse of the hospital facilities, daily routines and see what an inpatient stay in the unit may be like.
What Are You Hungry For?: Women, Food, and Spirituality
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Offers an approach to resolving deep-seated food and body issues using methods adapted from Eastern mind/body practices. By Lynn Ginsburg & Mary Taylor
What is the History of Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa
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Understanding Eating Disorders and their Treatment (Part 1 of 6).
When Something’s Wrong Handbook
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A handbook to purchase with useful coping strategies and resources for parents, families, caregivers ($30) or teachers ($25) to help them with children who have mood behaviour or thinking problems.
What Does Nutritional Recovery Look Like?
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Eating Disorder Nutrition (Part 4 of 4).
What Lessons can Parents Learn from Other Families Who Have Gone Through the Recovery Process?
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Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery (Part 5 of 5).
Why is it Important to Have a Multidisciplinary Team to Provide Treatment?
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Understanding Eating Disorders and their Treatment (Part 4 of 6).
What Does Physical Recovery from an Eating Disorder Look Like?
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Medical Complications of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Part 6 of 6).
What Role do Parents Play in Eating Disorder Treatment?
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Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery (Part 2 of 5).
Why Should a Child/Teen Struggling with an Eating Disorder Want to Try to "Eat Normally"?
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Eating Disorder Nutrition (Part 1 of 4).
What is "Normal Eating" for a Growing Child?
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Eating Disorder Nutrition (Part 2 of 4).
What Should Parents Do if Their Child Simply Refuses to Eat?
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Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery (Part 3 of 5).
Why Would a Child or Youth Need to be Admitted to Hospital for an Eating Disorder?
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Medical Complications of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Part 1 of 6).
What is "Normal Exercise" for a Growing Child or Teen?
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Eating Disorder Nutrition (Part 3 of 4).
Weight Bias at Home and School (The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity)
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The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University has released a new video to help parents and teachers understand the severity and impacts of weight bias in school and at home and to present strategies to help combat this rapidly growing problem for overweight teens and pre-adolescents.
Summer Institute 2010: Presentation Recordings
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Opening Remarks, Mental Health and School Partnerships, Youth Voices, Addressing Anxiety Issues in Schools Myths and Facts of Self-Harm and Suicide, Understanding Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders, Understanding Youth with Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Promotion Strategies in Schools & Closing Remarks
Protocol for Students with Suspected Eating Disorders
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Guidelines on how to identify and approach students with a suspected eating disorder, including tips for talking to the student and their parents. Prepared by North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Disordered Eating.
The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting self-esteem, healthy eating, & positive body image at home
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Focusing on the family, this book teaches parents how to examine and understand their family’s approach to food and body-image issues and its effect on their child’s behavior. By Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
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Are antidepressant, anti-anxiety and anti-OCD medications.
What are Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa - What are We Dealing with Here?
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Understanding Eating Disorders and their Treatment (Part 2 of 6).
Supporting Young Women with Eating Disorders: A Guide for Family Members & Close Friends
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An information guide from the Center for Young Women's Health for family members/close friends of someone struggling with an eating disorder to know how to offer proper support.
Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program
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The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialized program to assess and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders. The program emphasizes the involvement of parents / caregivers in the delivery of care. The Program has outpatient, day treatment and inpatient services.
Understanding Eating Disorders
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These video clips about eating disorder awareness, have been developed by the BCCH’s Provincial Eating Disorders Program for Children and Adolescents.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - (single page)
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Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
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This straightforward book approaches the self-destructive behaviors of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. By Peter J. Cooper, Basic Books; 2009, ISBN 0465012671
What are Some of the Emotional Consequences of Having an Eating Disorder?
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Understanding Eating Disorders and their Treatment (Part 3 of 6).
Teaching Resources for Promoting Healthy Body Image and Media Literacy
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A list of resources on body image and media literacy for teachers. Specifically designed to support the Ontario curriculum from JK to Grade 12.
Puzzling Symptoms: Eating Disorders and the Brain - A Family Guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders
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An eating disorder diagnosis is an opportunity to begin treatment that can free a loved one to go on with their life. Modern neuroscience has a great deal to offer families doing what they do best: supporting a loved one!
Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorders Program
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An inter-disciplinary team of health care professionals who are experienced in treating adults, youth and children who have eating disorders. A client-centred, non-judgemental approach that strives to meet clients at their individual stages of recovery. Call 604-675-2531 to access the program.
Sheena’s Place
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A Toronto-based website that provides information on eating disorders, including information on signs, weight bias, myths & facts, males and eating disorders and more.
Overeaters Anonymous
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Overeaters Anonymous provides peer support for people who want to stop compulsively overeating. There are meetings in a variety of locations across BC. Navigate to Meetings > Find a Face-to-Face Meeting and then select your location.
What Are Some of the Particular Implications for Females with Eating Disorders?
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Medical Complications of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Part 3 of 6).
The Good Eater: The True Story of a Male Model's Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder
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The author--a former male model--tells an original and true story of binge eating disorder from a man's perspective. This personal story is intended to help break stereotypes and shed new light on this surprisingly prevalent disorder. By Rob Saxen
Real Beauty School Program (Dove)
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A booklet designed for educators to help youth understand and deal with feelings about their physical appearance while learning how 'ideal' images of beauty are created.

BC Children's Hospital

BC Children's Hospital offers clinics, support services and hospital care to BC children and their families at the BC Children's Hospital site and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.