Anorexic and Bulimic Warning Signs
There are many signs and symptoms to look for when diagnosing someone who is either anorexic or bulimic. Below we have complied the most common warning signs of an anorexic and the most common warning signs of a bulimic. It is important to note that these warning signs are not the same for every person. Becoming anorexic or bulimic is a different process for everyone and not everyone will be affected in the same.
When dealing with someone who is anorexic or when trying to figure out if a loved one is anorexic there are a few warning signs or symptoms you can look for. Being anorexic usually involves sudden weight loss, and an obsession with weighing one’s self. Someone who is anorexic will also have a distorted body image and avoid social eating at all costs. Another thing to look for is if the individual is obsessed with the idea of becoming fat and has a preoccupation with food. When trying to diagnose someone as anorexic it is also important to take note to and obsessive exercising practices. Also if there is a sort of hair loss and intolerance to cold. As previously stated these are by no means the only warning signs, nor are they definitive symptoms for someone who is anorexic.
Warning signs for someone who is bulimic include frequent use of the bathroom after eating and dramatic fluctuations in athletic performance. Other signs someone you know may be bulimic are discolored teeth, swollen extremities and fluctuating weight. Someone who is bulimic may also experience feelings of depression, guilt and shame about food and eating. Some other physical symptoms of a bulimic are blood shot eyes and swollen glands. A bulimic person may also attempt suicide and dabble with drugs.
It is important if you know someone and think they may be bulimic or anorexic, that you notify someone immediately. Treatment and therapy are necessary. Being bulimic or anorexic is not something that will fix itself. It is a disorder that is most likely affecting your loved one physically, emotionally and mentally.