A few facts about bulimia nervosa may surprise you. For example, the majority of people with bulimia nervosa are female. In fact, there’s a 10:1 female-to-male ratio. Also, contrary to popular belief, people with bulimia nervosa often appear to be of average body weight. This can make it easier for suffers to hide their problem. However, what are the symptoms of bulimia nervosa?
The symptoms of bulimia nervosa can be hard to spot unless you know what you’re looking for. Mental health professionals look for the following:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and a sense of loss of control over eating behavior)
- Use of inappropriate, compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting, and/or obsessive/ compulsive exercise
- The binge eating and compensatory behaviors occur at least once a week for 3 months
- Self-evaluation is inappropriately influenced by the person’s weight and shape