Living with Bulimia

A Devastating and Life-Threatening Mental Illness

Bulimia is a tragically common mental disorder that takes a devastating toll on physical and psychological health. It is characterized by an excessive preoccupation with one’s weight, often as a result of distorted self-image, that is manifested through eating large amounts of food and forcing one’s self to vomit, also known as binging and purging. Bulimia affects 1.5 percent of the American population, which translates to over four million people. Nearly half of those who are suffering with bulimia also suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder. If you or someone you care about is suffering from bulimia-related substance abuse, get the help you need now.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia

What to Look For

It’s important to remember that women suffer from eating disorder at twice the rate of men (10 million men versus 20 million women). Loved ones and family members are uniquely positioned to recognize signs and symptoms of bulimia, some of which may include:

  • Binge Eating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Distorted Body Image
  • Hiding or Hoarding Food
  • Eroded Tooth Enamel from Vomiting
  • Eating to the Point of Physical Pain
  • Loss of Control When Eating
  • Constantly Putting Down One’s Own Physical Appearance

Some of the more common lifestyle signs of bulimia include refusal to eat in public, social isolation and more. If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, get the help you need right away to start healing.