How Do You Recognize Symptoms Of Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating and recurrent, inappropriate behaviors to prevent weight gain. One obvious sign of the eating disorder is frequent vomiting after eating. Learn how to detect some of the other symptoms of bulimia. Realize that the better-known symptoms of bulimia are binging and purging. There must be a pattern of this behavior for a period of at least three months before it can be diagnosed as bulimia nervosa. Know that some bulimics only binge and purge two times each week while others may do so as many as ten times per day. Recognize that when bulimics binge they consume an extraordinary amount of food in one or multiple settings. Typically there are “triggers” like stress and depression that precipitate the binge because the eating temporarily relieves them of their feelings. Know that purging is generally associated with self-induced vomiting or ipecac syrup. Purging can also involve the use of laxatives, diuretics and enemas.