|BULIMIA NERVOSA CAUSES SYMPTOMS RISK FACTORS DIAGNOSIS TREATMENT|
Bulimia can typically begin during the late teens or early twenties. Bulimic view themselves as unable to control their eating and feel guilty and angry after binging. They generally find their own behaviour disgusting and are deeply ashamed of it so they try to keep it a secret. Then the disorder can go undetected for years even by close family members. The weight of the patient will remain close to normal but the eating pattern becomes gradually worse.
• Binge eating, or
• Frequent trips to the bathroom during or after meals and remaining there for longer periods.
• Vomiting after meals or after eating regularly
• Swollen glands in the face or neck due to repeated/forced vomiting.
• Tendency to store/stock sugary or high-calorie junk foods
• Tendency to leave the table immediately after a meal.
• Not eating with the family
• Stockpiles of laxatives, diuretics and/or diet pills
• Decayed teeth
• Foul breath
• Scarring on the fingers used to induce vomiting
• Abuse of laxatives or diuretics in attempts to lose weight
• Mood swings
• Irregular periods
• Weight at or above normal
• Signs of depression
• Excessive, sometimes compulsive, exercise.
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