Suffering and Warning Signs of Bulimia
Who suffers from bulimia nervosa?
As with anorexia, bulimia typically
begins during adolescence. The condition occurs most often in
women, but is also found in men. Many people who suffer from bulimia
"binge and purge" in secret. They may maintain normal
or above normal body weight. Others may experience significant
weight fluctuations. Bulimia can occur in those with anorexia
nervosa or it can occur as a separate condition. The chances for
recovery increase the earlier bulimia nervosa is detected.
What are some of the warning signs of bulimia?
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
* 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,
* Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area
* Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self-induced
* 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 concerns.
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 Disorder not
Otherwise Specified (ENDOS)