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What are common signs of bulimia?

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The following are common signs of bulimia:

  • Evidence of binge eating
  • Evidence of purging
  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating in front of others, or eating very small portions
  • Exercising excessively
  • Wearing baggy clothes to hide their body
  • Complaining about being “fat”
  • Using gum, mouthwash, or mints a lot
  • Constantly dieting
  • Scarred knuckles from repeatedly inducing vomiting

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders.”

Merck Manual: “Anorexia Nervosa;” “Bulimia Nervosa;” and “Binge Eating Disorder.”

National Eating Disorders Association.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 3, 2019

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