Signs of Bulimia nervosa
Symptoms of Bulimia nervosa
The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Bulimia nervosa may include:
List of 47
Bulimia nervosa Symptoms
Note that Bulimia nervosa symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient,
but the phrase Bulimia nervosa signs may often refer to those signs
that are only noticable by a doctor.
Signs or Symptoms of Bulimia nervosa:
Bulimia Nervosa: NWHIC (Excerpt)
The binge-purge cycle may be accompanied by self-deprecating thoughts,
depression, and an awareness that the eating is abnormal and out of
control. Bulimia may be present when a person frequently shows some of the
following warning sings.
Evidence of binge-eating, including disappearance of large
amounts of food in short periods of time or the existence of wrappers
and containers indicating the consumption of large amounts of food.
Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to
the bathroom after meals, signs and/or smells of vomiting, presence of
wrappers or packages of laxatives or diuretics.
Excessive, rigid exercise regimen-the feeling to "burn
off" calories taken in despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury.
Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area
Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from
Discoloration or staining of the teeth.
Creation of complex lifestyle schedules or rituals to make
time for binge-and-purge sessions.
Withdrawal from usual friends and activities.
In general, behaviors and attitudes indicating that weight
loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary
(Source: excerpt from Bulimia Nervosa: NWHIC
Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)
As with anorexia nervosa, those with bulimia are
overly concerned with food, body weight, and shape. Because many
individuals with bulimia 'binge and purge' in secret and maintain
normal or above normal body weight, they can often hide the disorder
from others for years. Binges can range from once or twice a week to
several times a day and can be triggered by a variety of emotions
such as depression, boredom, or anger. The illness may be constant
or occasional, with periods of remission alternating with
recurrences of binge eating. (Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC)
Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC (Excerpt)
A person with Bulimia may…
- Become very secretive about food, spend a lot
of time thinking about and planning the next binge
- Take repeated trips to the bathroom,
particularly after eating
- Steal food or hoard it in strange places
- Engage in compulsive exercising If an
individual is displaying any of these characteristics, they should
be taken to a physician, nutritionist, or other professional with
expertise in diagnosing eating disorders.
(Source: excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC
Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH (Excerpt)
Symptoms of bulimia nervosa include:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterized by eating an
excessive amount of food within a discrete period of time and by a sense
of lack of control over eating during the episode
- Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent
weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives,
diuretics, enemas, or other medications (purging); fasting; or excessive
- The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both
occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months
- Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight
Because purging or other compensatory behavior follows the binge-eating
episodes, people with bulimia usually weigh within the normal range for
their age and height. However, like individuals with anorexia, they may
fear gaining weight, desire to lose weight, and feel intensely
dissatisfied with their bodies. People with bulimia often perform the
behaviors in secrecy, feeling disgusted and ashamed when they binge, yet
relieved once they purge.
(Source: excerpt from Eating Disorders Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions: NIMH)
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What are the signs of Bulimia nervosa?
The phrase "signs of Bulimia nervosa" should, strictly speaking,
refer only to those signs and symptoms of Bulimia nervosa that are not readily apparent to the patient.
The word "symptoms of Bulimia nervosa" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Bulimia nervosa.
The signs and symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Bulimia nervosa.
This medical information about signs and symptoms for Bulimia nervosa has been gathered
from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Bulimia nervosa signs or Bulimia nervosa symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Bulimia nervosa may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Bulimia nervosa symptoms.