Subtle Signs of Eating Disorders
Fine body hair
People who have been depriving their bodies of nutrition for extended periods of time often develop soft, downy body hairalmost a thin film of furon their arms and other parts of the body. This hair, known as lanugo, is a physical adaptation to the perilously low weight and loss of body fat seen in some people with anorexia.
"It is a symptom of starvation and [an] attempt by the body to keep itself warm," says Bulik, the author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are.