Signs & Symptoms

Physical bulimia symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal bowel functioning
  • Damaged teeth and gums
  • Swollen salivary glands in the cheeks
  • Sores in the throat and mouth
  • Bloating
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
  • Menstrual irregularities or loss of menstruation (amenorrhea)

Emotional and behavioral symptoms associated with bulimia may include:

  • Constant dieting
  • Feeling that eating behavior can't be controlled
  • Eating until the point of discomfort or pain
  • Eating much more food in a binge episode than in a normal meal or snack
  • Exercising for hours on end
  • Misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas
  • Preoccupation with body shape and weight
  • Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
  • Going to the bathroom after eating or during meals
  • Hoarding food
  • Is secretive about eating, hides food, or will not eat around other people.