What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia?

Despite a bulimic’s efforts to conceal the symptoms of an eating disorder, certain warning signs of bulimia are typically visible:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
  • Preoccupation with body shape and weight

A person suffering from bulimia engages in episodes of bingeing and purging, and often referred to as binge-purge cycles.
During binges, a person will eat a large amount of food, most often in private.

Symptoms of Bulimia

In a woman with signs of bulimia, symptoms of increasing physical damage from the disease may include:

  • Abnormal bowel functioning
  • Bloating
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Menstrual irregularities or loss of menstruation (amenorrhea)

  • Nausea
  • Dehydration
  • Seizure
  • Dry skin
  • Tingling in the hands or feet
  • Muscle cramps

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