Early Signs to Watch Out for

EitRF.org endeavours to send a clear message that:

  • The progress of AN is hard to spot, it creeps up on you in many small and seemingly innocent ways.
  • Early signs pieced together create a pattern that has the same underlying purpose of minimizing consumption and is often accompanied with active living.
  • Early intervention of feeding the suspected loved one with AN to regain weight must be carried out without delay.

Early signs of AN are difficult to spot and individually they are often easy to miss because they blend in so well with typical teenage behaviours or something we all do at times (Please read the section on Different from Dieting).

For me, piecing together the early signs was like a hangman puzzle.  Although it did start with trusting my motherly instinct that something was not quite right, I soon began to construct pieces of the puzzle together.   In this section, I presented what I understood was the AN part I was seeing my daughter.

The information here is a combination of my personal experience in dealing with my daughter and research on AN.  As a mother, I saw the day by day progress of my daughter and consequently began to recognize the pattern of AN symptoms in conjunction with other people’s stories and testimonies.  As my daughter had not hit puberty yet, it was easier to sort out the difference between AN symptoms to normal dieting and typical adolescent behaviours/attitudes.  Although I do realise that behaviours and attitudes of a person with AN blend in with those of typical dieters and/or budding teenagers.

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