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 bulimia nervosa, eating disorders

Bulimia Nervosa is one of the eating disorders that can be extremely dangerous if left untreated, and there are many signs of this disorder that should not be ignored. This eating disorder involves binging, and the person with this disorder will consume large quantities of food in a short period of time. This is followed by the purge phase, and vomiting, extreme laxative use, and extensive and obsessive exercise may follow the binge period. The person may seem to be at a normal weight, but the binge and purge cycle will damage the health of the individual. In spite of their normal weight someone with Bulimia Nervosa will see themselves as overweight, and they may actually be disgusted or ashamed of their body image.

The most common signs of Bulimia Nervosa include:

  • Not eating meals with others, eating smaller than usual portions, or pushing food around on the plate without actually eating any

  • Exercising all the time, to an excessive degree

  • Dieting constantly even though a normal weight is maintained

  • Frequently complaining about being fat even though the individual is not overweight

  • Episodes of binge eating, large quantities of food suddenly disappearing, and the sudden appearance of many food wrappers and containers in the trash

  • Purging, frequent vomiting, or frequent laxative use

  • A tendency to go to the bathroom immediately after meals

  • Scarring on knuckles caused by induced vomiting

  • Wearing baggy clothing all the time

Do you or someone you know show any of the warning signs of Bulimia Nervosa? If so then treatment is available.