Recognizing Bulimia in a loved one can be a difficult task, especially if you have no idea that your loved one has any type of eating disorder. However, there are a few signs that can signal there is something wrong.
If you notice that your loved one is following a weird diet, suffering from low self-esteem or down on their body appearance, it would probably be safe to say that you should probably talk with them.
They may not admit to having a problem, but at least you have shown them that you are available for support. With the constant bingeing and purging that bulimics engage in, there are a number of other signs and symptoms that can manifest itself which you may also recognize in your loved one. Remembering some of them might make a difference…
1. Bathroom Breaks – If you notice that your loved one heads to the bathroom soon after a meal and it becomes a trend, be concerned. Many bulimics will try and purge their meal soon after consumption.
2. Mood Swings – Depression and erratic behavior can indicate potential trouble. A bulimic is often secretive about their problem so they often have anxiety about different societal pressures as well as keeping their secret while trying to keep up a “normal” facade. That entire pretense can take its toll.
3. Fatigue and Dull Appearance – When continual purging occurs, particularly vomiting, nutrient and chemical imbalances occur in the body. Physically, these imbalances can manifest itself in a variety of ways like sallow, dry skin, hair loss, yellowing or brittle nails and exhaustion.
4. Odd sores and bruising – Bulimics typically shove fingers down their mouth to induce vomiting. Constant exposure to stomach acids may cause sores on the fingers. In addition, bruising can also occur. In addition, sores typically show up in the mouth and even the lips due to the stomach acids.
There are a lot more health problems that can occur with bulimics, but you may not necessarily notice them in a loved one. The four indicators listed above are ones that are outwardly apparent.
Only diligence and careful attention will detect these signs that could signal your loved one is in need of treatment. When you talk with your loved one about your concerns, make sure that you are prepared with information on additional counseling alternatives.
Sometimes, they may not necessarily feel comfortable confiding in you but will talk with an impartial third party. If this is the case, just know that it is not a slight against you. They are showing an interest in getting help and that is all that is important.