Signs, Symptoms and Questions
Symptoms and Signs of bulimia include:
- Repeated binge eating, or eating larger amounts of food than most people would in a similar situation, in a short period of time (2 hours or less).
- Frequently getting rid of the calories you've eaten (purging) by making yourself vomit, fasting, exercising too much, or misusing laxatives, diuretics, , or enemas. Misuse of these medicines can lead to serious health problems and even death.
- Feeling a loss of control over how much you eat.
- Feeling ashamed of overeating and very fearful of gaining weight
- Basing your self-esteem and value upon your body shape and weight.
- Thinking about food, your body, or dieting so much that it distracts you from other tasks. ("Bulimia Nervosa-Symptoms", 2005-2014)
Deciding to seek help for yourself or a loved one...
Most people with bulimia are of normal weight or even slightly overweight.
- Constantly worrying or complaining about being fat
- Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
- Repeatedly eating unusually large quantities of food in one sitting, especially high-fat or sweet foods
- Not wanting to eat in public or in front of others
- Going to the bathroom right after eating or during meals
- Exercising too much
- Having sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
- Having damaged teeth and gums
("Commonly Asked Questions: Bulimia Nervosa1", 2013)
These are all red flags.
Bulimia Nervosa-Symptoms. (n.d.). Retrieved December 17, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/bulimia-nervosa/bulimia-nervosa-symptoms
Commonly Asked Questions: Bulimia Nervosa1. (2013, January 1). Retrieved December 17, 2014, from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/he905