Characterized by binge eating and purging

The following symptoms are often seen early in a person's battle with Bulimia.

  • *Low self esteem
  • Feeling that self worth is dependent on low weight
  • dependent on opposite sex approval
  • normal weight
  • constant concern with weight and body image
  • *experimentation with vomiting, laxatives, and diuretics
  • *poor impulse control
  • fear that bingeing and purging are getting out of control

The following symptoms are often seen when a bulimic has been fighting this eating disorder for some time.

  • Embarrassment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • *self-indulgent behavior
  • eats alone
  • *preoccupied with eating and food
  • tiredness, apathy, irritability
  • *gastrointestinal disorders
  • anemia
  • *social isolation, distancing from friends and family
  • dishonesty, lying, stealing food and money
  • *tooth damage, gum disease, *often a person's dentist is one of the primary people to discover that a person has bulimia
  • *"chipmunk" (puffy) cheeks
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • *laxative and diuretic abuse

The following symptoms appear when a person is in the crucial (later) stage of Bulimia.

  • Mood swings
  • *chronic sore throat
  • *difficulties in breathing and swallowing
  • hypokalemia (abnormally low potassium concentration)
  • electrolyte imbalance
  • general ill health, constant physical problems
  • *possible rupture of the heart or esophagus
  • *peritonitis
  • suicidal tendencies