What are the Signs of Bulimia Nervosa (BN)?

People with BN often have erratic (scattered or random) eating patterns. For example, a person with BN might skip meals or wait a long time between meals. Over time, these behaviors can cause harm to the body. In some cases, they can lead to death. A person with BN can be of average or above-average body weight.

Common signs of BN can include:

  • Frequent changes in weight
  • Damage to the teeth, gums or mouth (caused by vomiting)
  • Chronic dehydration
  • Swelling in the face
  • Abdominal (belly area) pain or acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Checking weight frequently
  • Seeking reassurance about weight or body shape
  • In women and girls, irregular menstrual periods or loss of periods (also called amenorrhea)

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