If you or someone you know is engaging in binge/purge behavior, you should be aware that there are very serious health risks and complications that can occur as a result of this eating disorder. That’s why we encourage you to be aware of the symptoms and warning signs for bulimia.
Common bulimia symptoms 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")
Common warning 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
Specialized treatment for bulimia
Bingeing and purging is an isolating, secretive illness that prevents you from enjoy a full and rewarding life. Recovery from bulimia requires the support of a multidisciplinary team of medical, dietary and therapeutic specialists.
We have helped patients from around the world receive the treatment they need — and deserve — to break the vicious cycle of bingeing and purging. Please call us today at 877-825-8584 to speak with an Eating Recovery Center Masters-level clinician. Together we can help you recover your life and enjoy a bright future.