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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is a very serious, life-threatening eating disorder. It is characterized by recurrent cycles of binge eating followed by a compensatory behavior (purging).  Binges are described as episodes of excessive calorie consumption and a lack of control over the behavior.  Purging is done to “make up” for calories consumed during the binge.

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Behavioral Symptoms

  • Binge eating
  • Purging:
    • Vomiting
    • Laxative use
    • Diet Pills
    • Fasting
    • Dieting
    • Over exercising
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom after meals
  • Intense exercise regimen
  • Fasting all day/obsessive dieting
  • Secretive eating
  • Storing food in secretive places

Physical Symptoms

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Red, puffy face and watery eyes
  • Swollen glands
  • Fatigue, muscle weakness
  • Weight fluctuations (between 10 and 15 pounds)
  • Tooth decay

Emotional Symptoms

  • Persistent concern with body image
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of guilt and shame