Bulimia Self-assessment Quiz

If any or all of these questions below describe you or a loved one, the next step is to speak with an ERC Masters-level clinician for a professional assessment.

  • Do you find yourself eating amounts of food that are larger than what most people would consume?

  • Do you use behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxatives/diuretics, fasting or exercise to compensate?

  • Do you experience a sense of lack of control over eating?

  • Do you find that your self-esteem is influenced by your body shape and weight?

Why should you seek treatment for bulimia right away?

Bulimia nervosa – frequently just called bulimia – is an eating disorder characterized by patterns of bingeing (consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time) and purging (eliminating calories consumed). If left untreated, the health consequences of bulimia can be potentially life-threatening.

Typical warning signs of bulimia include:

  • Bingeing more than once/week

  • Purging more than once/week (self-induced vomiting; laxative, diet pill and/or diuretic abuse; exercise; chewing and spitting of food; insulin misuse)

  • Bradycardia and orthostasis (a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down)

  • Low normal to abnormal labs; can include electrolyte abnormalities

  • Swelling of the cheeks or jaw area

  • Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles (from self-induced vomiting)

  • Discolored or stained teeth (sometimes called “bulimia teeth”)

Typical medical signs of bulimia include:

  • Consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time (bingeing)

  • Use of behaviors to compensate for calories consumed, including purging (making yourself vomit), restricting/fasting, over-exercising or using laxatives, diuretics, ipecac syrup or enemas

  • Evidence of binges, including disappearance of large amounts of food or appearance of wrappers/packaging

  • Evidence of purging, including trips to the bathroom during or after meals, packaging of laxatives or diuretics, rigid adherence to exercise schedules, etc.

  • Feeling “out of control” or shame over how much you eat

  • Fear of gaining weight or being “fat”

  • Self-esteem and self-worth tied heavily to body shape and weight

  • Withdrawal from friends, family and “normal” activities/routines

  • Failing performance in work, school and athletic engagements

Is recovery from bulimia possible?

Yes! With specialized treatment, a full and lasting recovery is possible. The important part is to get into treatment right away so you or your loved one can be medically and psychologically stabilized before your condition worsens.

What’s next?

Once you complete the form to the right, one of our Masters-level clinicians will contact you for a free, confidential assessment of your symptoms and the treatment options available to you.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, contact us immediately for a confidential consultation.