Bulimia

The main symptoms of bulimia are binge eating and purging (ridding your body of food by making yourself vomit or taking laxatives).

The main signs of bulimia are eating a large amount of food over a very short time (binge eating) and then ridding your body of the extra food (purging) by making yourself vomit, taking laxatives or exercising excessively, or a combination of these.

Other signs of bulimia include: 

  • fear of putting on weight
  • being very critical about your weight and body shape
  • mood changes – feeling very tense or anxious, for example 
  • thinking about food a lot
  • feeling guilty and ashamed, and behaving secretively
  • avoiding social activities that involve food
  • feeling like you have no control over your eating

You may also notice physical signs like:

  • feeling tired
  • a sore throat from being sick
  • bloating or tummy pain
  • a puffy face
  • self-harming

Warning signs of bulimia in someone else

The following warning signs could indicate that someone you care about has an eating disorder:

  • eating a lot of food, very fast
  • going to the bathroom a lot after eating, often returning looking flushed
  • excessively or obsessively exercising
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