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Signs & Symptoms of Bulimia

Life Works - the leading specialist in the treatment of bulimia.

Do you have a problem with bulimia?

Symptoms of BulimiaThe signs & symptoms of bulimia are largely focused around unhealthy eating patterns including bingeing (overeating in a short time) and purging (vomiting, exercising or using laxatives).

If you are ready to start your bulimia recovery, Life Works can help. Our professional bulimia counsellors can give you the advice and information to help you start your rehabilitation. You can learn more by calling Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or filling out our contact form.

Symptoms

  • You are preoccupied with food, making sure that you eat foods which are ‘safe’ – for example, healthy foods that are low in fat and sugar. If you eat something ‘forbidden’ or ‘bad’ - for example, sugary or fatty snacks and desserts, you feel you have ‘blown it’ and will then binge on more of those forbidden foods.
  • You binge regularly - often in the evening or when you come home from work. You don’t plan to binge but the urge becomes so overwhelming that, eventually, you give in.
  • Once you have tasted a forbidden food, you cannot stop yourself from eating more of it.
  • You binge on any food you can find until you feel so full you could burst. Afterwards, you are left with overwhelming feelings of disgust, shame or guilt.
  • You spend a great deal of time battling an overwhelming urge to binge on food.
  • Your fear of putting on weight drives you to do whatever you can to rid yourself of the food – and, importantly, the calories. You may purge in one or a number of ways – for example, vomiting, exercising, restricting your future food intake or taking laxatives.
  • You conceal your bingeing and purging from friends and family.
  • Do you obsess about your clothing size, your weight and the shape of your body? Do you monitor your weight very closely – weighing yourself frequently and worrying if your weight goes up by even the tiniest amount?
  • Do you believe your looks determine your self-worth?
  • Do you avoid certain social situations or activities because of how you feel about your body?
  • Do you spend a lot of time, effort or money trying to 'correct' your body?
  • You are doing less of the things that were important to you - for example, seeing friends or family, going out or enjoying hobbies.
  • You have missed family birthdays or meeting up with friends so that you could avoid food or having to eat in front of others.
  • Your relationships are suffering as a result of your problems with food – your partner or spouse is becoming dissatisfied with your relationship and you are spending less time with valued friends.

For more information on bulimia or our treatment, please call us at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

Symptomatic Denial

Denial is common and a symptom of bulimia so you may deny that you have a problem both to yourself and to others, through:

  • minimising the impact of bingeing and purging on your health
  • criticising those around you for making too much fuss about your eating habits
  • concealing your bingeing and purging from your loved ones
  • considerably overestimating your body size
  • placing the blame for your disordered eating on other people or situations in your life, such as “I binge because my job stresses me out.”

Get Help

As a top bulimia recovery centre, Life Works can help treat even the most serious cases of bulimia. We can also answer any questions or concerns you may have, and help you find the right treatment.

If you need help or advice for bulimia, please call Life Works professional admissions team at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

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