A person with bulimia is often a normal weight for their age and height. In fact, their friends and loved ones may not even realize that anything is wrong. But behind closed doors, people dealing with bulimia can eat huge amounts of food, then try to get rid of the extra calories by making themselves vomit or taking laxatives. People with bulimia often binge and purge in secrecy, feeling ashamed when they binge, yet relieved once they purge. Like people suffering from anorexia, those dealing with bulimia usually don’t feel good about their bodies and have a distorted body image. Bulimia can cause permanent damage to the body.
Symptoms of Bulimia:
- Repeatedly eating larger than normal amounts of food in a short period of time and feeling unable to control this behavior
- Preventing weight gain after a binge by means of self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives or enemas, fasting, or excessive exercise
- Unhealthy focus on body shape and weight
- Discolored teeth and gums