- Constant or repetitive dieting
- Changes in eating habits
- Excessive or compulsive exercising
- Always going to the toilet after meals
- Often skipping meals
- Cooking lots of foods for others, but not eating any themselves
- Pushing food around the plate, or chopping into very small portions
- Evidence of binge eating
- Regularly weighing self and always looking in the mirror
- Evidence of vomiting or laxative abuse
- Only eating certain low-calorie foods like lettuce or celery when people are present
- Sudden or rapid weight loss (over a stone in less than a month)
- Feeling tired all the time
- Frequent changes in weight
- Struggling to concentrate
- Feeling unwell after meals
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling cold all the time (even in warm environments)
- Thinning or loss of hair
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- Disrupted sleeping patterns
- Obsession with food and nutritional content
- Always worried about body size and shape
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Constantly thinking they are fat, despite being told otherwise
- Uncomfortable eating in public places
- Preoccupied with celebrity images and their bodies
- Anxious about eating with others
- Mood swings, depression or easily irritated
- Seeing things, especially food, as black and white, good or bad.
There could be several possible reasons why you are underweight and struggling to put weight on, both physical and psychological. It could be down to an underlying medical issue such as an overactive thyroid, stress and anxiety, or simply because you’re not getting enough calories from your diet.
If you are anxious around food and need to control what you eat, or if you have a fear of putting weight on, it’s important to speak to someone who can help.
Compromised immune system
Low muscle mass
Irregular hormone regulation
Mental health issues
If a friend, family member or someone close to you is showing any signs of an eating disorder or being underweight, it can be difficult to know what to do.
But if someone you know is being secretive and defensive about their eating and their weight, or has done something to make you worry, it’s important to get them help and support them through their journey to recovery.
Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates.
Have some dairy. Choose lower-fat and lower sugar options.
Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein. Aim for two portions of fish every week.
Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts.
Drink plenty of fluids — the government recommends 6-8 cups/glasses a day.
Available help in your area
If you need to talk to someone about putting on or maintaining a healthy weight, there’s lots of dedicated support in Salford. Don’t struggle in silence, find an event near you or speak with your local GP.