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Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

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Common Signs of Bulimia

Individuals with bulimia nervosa have recurrent episodes of binge eating, coupled with inappropriate behaviors to undo the effects of binging and prevent weight gain.

Typical behaviors include:

  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics (water pills)
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Restricting their total caloric consumption between binges by selecting low-calorie or diet foods and avoiding foods they perceive as fattening or that might trigger a binge episode

Symptoms of Bulimia

Individuals with bulimia nervosa often resemble those with anorexia nervosa in their:

  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Desire to lose weight
  • Dissatisfaction with their bodies

Individuals with bulimia nervosa typically are within the normal weight range, although some may be slightly underweight or overweight, and a few may be obese.

Need Help?

If you think you have an eating disorder, get help today. Learn more about treatment at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders.

Contact Us

To make an inpatient referral or for questions regarding a hospital admission, please call 412-624-1000.

To refer to any outpatient levels of care, please fill out our questionnaire at www.upmc.com/wphcedreferral and we will call to schedule an initial appointment.

For general questions regarding any outpatient levels of care, please call 412-246-6390.

UPMC Center for Eating Disorders
3811 O'Hara St.
Eighth floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bellefield Towers
100 North Bellefield Ave.
Lower Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

UPMC Content 3

Common Signs of Bulimia

Individuals with bulimia nervosa have recurrent episodes of binge eating, coupled with inappropriate behaviors to undo the effects of binging and prevent weight gain.

Typical behaviors include:

  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives, diet pills, or diuretics (water pills)
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Restricting their total caloric consumption between binges by selecting low-calorie or diet foods and avoiding foods they perceive as fattening or that might trigger a binge episode

Symptoms of Bulimia

Individuals with bulimia nervosa often resemble those with anorexia nervosa in their:

  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Desire to lose weight
  • Dissatisfaction with their bodies

Individuals with bulimia nervosa typically are within the normal weight range, although some may be slightly underweight or overweight, and a few may be obese.

Need Help?

If you think you have an eating disorder, get help today. Learn more about treatment at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders.

Contact Us

To make an inpatient referral or for questions regarding a hospital admission, please call 412-624-1000.

To refer to any outpatient levels of care, please fill out our questionnaire at www.upmc.com/wphcedreferral and we will call to schedule an initial appointment.

For general questions regarding any outpatient levels of care, please call 412-246-6390.

UPMC Center for Eating Disorders
3811 O'Hara St.
Eighth floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bellefield Towers
100 North Bellefield Ave.
Lower Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15213