Bulimia nervosa—more commonly referred to as simply bulimia—is an eating disorder and mental health condition in which a person binges foods, and then proceeds to purge it in order to prevent weight gain.
Although it typically affects young women, starting in their mid-to-late teens, the NHS says, “Men and women of any age can get bulimia.” As the disorder can be potentially life threatening, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms in order to assist a loved one in getting the help they need as soon as possible. The following are the 12 most common to look out for.
1. Binge Eating
Binge eating is likely among the most recognizable signs of bulimia. You may notice a loved one “eating larger amounts of food than most people would in a similar situation,” indicates WebMD, and often in a period of two hours or less. They tend to choose snack foods or others items that are high in calories.
And, once a binge episode begins, they also tend to lack control over their food consumption, often feeling that they are unable to stop eating.