10 Anorexia/Bulimia Eating Disorder Symptoms in Adults

While similar, bulimia and anorexia nervosa have different eating disorder symptoms. Bulimia is the excessive eating of large amounts of food. Individuals may eat until they are uncomfortably full or in pain. After a binge, individuals may workout excessively, take laxatives or purge. Anorexia nervosa is the obsession with food and being thin. Both of these eating disorders have symptoms that may help with awareness and diagnosis.

1. Refusing to Eat

Individuals who are suffering from anorexia nervosa may experience this symptom. These individuals may lie and state that they have already eaten or constantly claim that they simply are not hungry. 

2. Abdominal Pain

Individuals who are suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia may experience this symptom. For individuals with bulimia, this symptom can become severe due to the habit of purging. They may experience this pain after an extreme binge and after a purge.

3. Self-Induced Vomiting

Individuals who are suffering from bulimia may experience this symptom. After a binge of food, individuals who suffer from bulimia will intentionally force themselves to vomit.

4. Dizziness or Fainting

Individuals who are suffering from anorexia nervosa may experience this symptom. Anorexics experience this symptom due to the lack of calories.

5. Laxative Use

Individuals who are suffering from bulimia may experience this symptom. Some individuals will use laxatives after a binge to force their bodies to eliminate food before the body can absorb calories. This can lead to malnutrition because the body is unable to consume necessary nutrients and vitamins.

6. Going To The Bathroom During or After Meals

Individuals who are suffering from bulimia may experience this symptom. These individuals often do this so they can purge their recently eaten food.

7. Loss of Weight

Individuals who are suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia may experience this symptom. This occurs for anorexics because they are eating so few calories that their bodies lose weight. Bulimics may experience this symptom because of purging or use of laxatives after meals. 

8. Damaged Teeth and Gums

Individuals who are suffering from bulimia may experience this symptom.This occurs due to constant vomiting.

9. Excessive Exercising

Individuals who are suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia may experience this symptom. This occurs with anorexics so they can lose additional weight. Individuals suffering from bulimia may excessively exercise to offset the calories from a binge.

10. Sores, Scars or Calluses On The Knuckles Or Hands

Individuals who are suffering from bulimia may experience this symptom. This occurs because these individuals use their hands to force themselves to vomit.

Anorexia nervosa or bulimia are two distinctly different eating disorders. While these eating disorders may have some overlapping symptoms, the disorders have separate traits. Individuals with anorexia have a constant fear of gaining weight and tend to avoid food. Individuals with bulimia may go through normal eating habits and then relapse into a routine of binging and purging. While most people who suffer from anorexia have a low body weight, individuals with bulimia may be underweight, of normal weight or overweight. Both these eating disorders often require professional medical treatment. It is very difficult to overcoming an eating disorder on willpower alone.

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  • Slavka

    Hi i am very suspicious that my daughter have bulimia, she has all symtoms, eating large meals, going to bathroom after to have a shower, very skiny and she is often with stomac pain, she is 21 and i did aproach her once and told her what i think she is doing and she said that i am crazy i do not know how to help? can you please tell me what to do? i am soo worried, thanks!! Or can you give me some institution in Australia that i can contact!!