Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which there’s a cycle of binging and purging calories through actions like vomiting, laxatives or compulsive exercise. It’s related to self-image.

Signs include:

  • Binge eating followed by purging
  • Unusual food choices or cravings
  • Vomiting, laxative use or diuretic use
  • Disappearing after eating, often to the bathroom
  • Excessive exercise to “get rid of” calories
  • Shame or guilt after eating
  • Feeling out of control about eating
  • Eating secretly or hiding food
  • Obsession about appearance and body
  • Depression and low self-esteem
  • Poor self-control in areas other than eating

Bulimia nervosa symptoms include:

  • Frequent changes in weight
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle weakness and tiredness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss of dental enamel
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Enlargement of cheeks and neck
  • Changes in blood chemistry
  • Sore throat and swollen glands