Bulimia Warning Signs

Bulimia Nervosa: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment Options

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa (Bulimia) is classified as a life-threatening illness that affects all ages, genders, and ethnicities. It is estimated that over 4 million women and 1 million men suffer from Bulimia in the United States. Although Bulimia is most commonly seen in women, the incidence of males diagnosed with Bulimia is on the rise. 

Bulimia is commonly characterized by episodes of binge eating and purging behavior. Binge eating is typically characterized as feeling out of control in eating large quantities of food at once, while purging is often an attempt to rid the body of the calories consumed in the binge episode. Purging is often referred to as self-induced vomiting, compulsive exercise, diet pill abuse, and/or laxative abuse. The long term effects of bulimia can cause an array of severe health problems and even be life-threatening. 

Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

From the outside, warning signs may be difficult to determine. Someone suffering from bulimia may be of normal body weight, which is why weight is not a sole indicator of disordered eating behavior. 

Physical Signs may include: 

  • Dehydration 
  • Fatigue 
  • Swollen jaw or cheeks
  • Scrapes and calluses on knuckles (from using fingers to vomit)
  • Yellow or damaged teeth, or tooth decay from stomach acid
  • Red eyes from vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal problems like constipation and acid reflux
  • Low blood pressure
  • Kidney failure

Emotional Signs may include: 

  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Hopelessness 
  • Social Isolation 
  • Mood changes 
  • Intense fear of gaining weight 

Seeking Treatment at Toledo Center 

At Toledo Center, we believe that renewed hope, graceful healing, and long-term recovery is possible. With decades of experience for those suffering from Eating Disorders, our team of experts will provide compassionate guidance to clients and families taking that first step towards freedom. Our strengths-based program offers flexibility and our treatment plans are designed to understand individual needs and goals. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from an Eating Disorder, look no further, we are here and we are ready to help. Our Admission Team is available 24/7 to guide you on the journey to recovery. Contact us at 765-641-0022 or complete a Contact Form. 

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