Bulimia nervosa: Signs and symptoms

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Find out how to tell if your child might have bulimia nervosa.

Key points

  • A person with bulimia nervosa is often at an average or above average weight, but continued bingeing and purging puts them at medical risk.
  • Behavioural signs of bulimia nervosa include eating food faster than expected or when nobody else is around, disappearing immediately after a meal or becoming more irritable.
  • Physical signs include puffiness in the face, calloused knuckles and broken blood vessels in the eyes or face from repeated purging and dramatic changes in weight.
Last updated: September 12th 2023