Bulimia tends to be more difficult to diagnose than other eating disorders because individuals often conceal their behaviors and appear to be at a normal weight.
- A physical exam to measure vital signs
- Lab tests to assess liver, kidney, and thyroid function
- A psychological evaluation to ascertain thoughts and feelings about eating habits
- Other tests, such as X-rays to assess bone density and an electrocardiogram to determine heart health
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, it’s important to treat the physical symptoms alongside the psychological and emotional symptoms.