When doctors suspect you have bulimia they typically perform a complete physical exam, blood and urine tests and psychological evaluation; including a discussion of your eating habits and attitude toward food.
Your doctor may also request an X-ray to check for broken bones, pneumonia or heart problems and an electrocardiogram (EKG) to look for heart irregularities.
Help for Bulimia
Even if you don’t meet all of these criteria, you could still have an eating disorder. Don’t try to diagnose yourself — get professional help if you have any eating disorder symptoms.
- You repeatedly binge by eating an abnormally large amount of food and feel that you can’t control your eating.
- You get rid of the extra calories from bingeing by vomiting, excessive exercise, fasting, or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or other medications.
- You binge and purge at least twice a week for at least three months.
- Your body shape and weight influence your feelings of self-worth too much.
- You don’t have anorexia, an eating disorder with extremely restrictive eating behaviors.
You Can’t Always See Bulimia
Because most people with bulimia are of normal weight or even slightly overweight, it may not be apparent to others that something is wrong. Red flags that family and friends may notice include:
- Having a distorted, excessively negative body image
- Repeatedly eating unusually large quantities of food in one sitting, especially high-fat or sweet foods
- Not wanting to eat in public or in front of others
- Going to the bathroom right after eating or during meals
- Exercising too much
- Having sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
- Having damaged teeth and gums
If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, confide in someone about what you’re going through, whether it’s a friend or loved one, a teacher, a faith leader or someone else you trust. He or she can help you take the first steps to successful bulimia treatment.
Inpatient Bulimia Treatment
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. It’s happening every day at The Meadows Ranch. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.