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Bulimia Symptoms

To the untrained eye, bulimia may be difficult to detect. This is because people with bulimia will go through great lengths to hide their behavior. Bulimics become very skilled at lying, hiding food, pretending to eat, eating in secret, binging in secret, and secretly purging.

Symptoms of Bulimia

Some of the most common symptoms of bulimia in both men and women are are:

  • Eating uncontrollably
  • Purging
  • Eating excessively large amounts of food without weight gain
  • Strict dieting
  • Disappearance of food
  • Fasting
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Vomiting or abusing laxatives or diuretics in an attempt to lose weight.
  • Several empty wrappers in the garbage
  • Vomiting blood
  • Using the bathroom frequently after meals.
  • Preoccupation with body weight
  • Hidden stashes of junk food
  • Pale skin
  • Unexplained legarthy
  • Depression or mood swings. Feeling out of control.
  • Swollen glands in neck and face
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Irregular periods
  • Dental problems
  • Unexplained, reoccuring sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Exhaustion
  • Bloodshot eyes

If you believe a loved one has bulimia, call a support group hotline to get tools on how to talk with them in a safe way that doesn't make them feel threatened.


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