Anorexia Athletica Symptoms

Although many of the signs of Anorexia Athletica tend to mirror other eating disorders, there are some unique sign that pertain specifically to anorexia athletica. One of these signs is an obsession with exercising. This obsession takes such a toll on the personal and social life of the sufferer that they begin to exercise instead of seeing friends and family.

Other signs both unique to anorexia athletica and also shared with other eating disorders include the following:

  • Exercising beyond the requirements for good health
  • Obsessive dieting; fear of certain foods
  • Obsessive or compulsive exercising; overtraining
  • Individual won’t eat with teammates, tries to hide dieting
  • Stealing time from work, school, and relationships to exercise
  • Focusing on challenge and forgetting that physical activity can be fun
  • Defining self-worth in terms of performance
  • Rarely or never being satisfied with athletic achievements
  • Always pushing on to the next challenge
  • Justifying excessive behaviour by defining self as an athlete or insisting that their behaviour is healthy
  • Desire to keep losing more poinds despite already low body weight
  • Mood swings; angry outbursts
  • Mentrual periods stop

Health Consequences of Anorexia Athletica

  • Loss of bone density and osteoporosis; stress fractures
  • Digestive problems and ulcers
  • Slowed heart rate and low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • and possible kidney problems
  • Dry hair and skin; hair loss

Related Articles

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

How our helpline works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.