Down The Toilet



of Bulimia:

  • Disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom after meals.
  • The smell of vomiting on their breath or clothes.
  • Presence of packaging for laxatives or diuretics.
  • Rigid exercise programs no matter whether there is illness or serious weather conditions, etc..
  • Fixation on the need to burn off calories.
  • Unusual puffiness/swelling of the cheeks or jaw area.
  • Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles form self induced vomiting.
  • Discoloration of teeth.
  • Creation of complex lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binging and purging.
  • Withdrawal form usual friends and events.
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicating wt. loss, dieting and control of food are the focus.
  • When repeated over a period time, can affect the entire digestive system.
  • The purging can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances, which in turn affects organs such as the heart and other major organ functions.
  • Death may await them.
  • Often, people with bulimia eat in secret.
  • They typically are ashamed or disgusted with themselves by their behavior.

NOTE: For a personal story from Kristen Moeller, click here.
Resource: NEDA, personal interviews with people with this disorder

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