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Eating disorders Bulimia

People with bulimia may be underweight, overweight, or normal weight, which makes it harder to know if someone has the disorder. The symptoms of bulimia can include:

Uses extreme measures to lose weight
• uses diet pills, or takes pills to urinate or have a bowel movement

• goes to the bathroom all the time after she eats (to throw up)

• exercises a lot, even during bad weather, tiredness, sickness, or injury

Shows signs of throwing up
• swelling of the cheeks or jaw area

• cuts and calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles

• teeth that look clear

Acts differently
• is depressed

• doesn't see friends or participate in activities as much1

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1. National Women's Health Information Center, Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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