Teenage Bulimia: Symptoms, Common Behavior and Physical Signs

Teenage bulimia is also known as

Bulimia Nervosa

, which is a physical eating disorder. This process involves induced purging after binge-eating. Teenagers eat food more than required with out getting any nutritional values from it as they quickly get rid of them. Most of this condition is a result of low self esteem, medical conditions, stress, depression and anxiety. It mostly affects teenage girls between the ages of 12 and 25.


Symptoms of bulimia in teenagers include:

  • Binge eating
  • Lack of control over eating
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Strict dieting or fasting or refusing to eat
  • Self induced vomiting
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Hair loss and indigestion
  • Mood swings, irregular periods, constipation and
  • Vomiting Blood

Common Behaviors in Bulimic Teen

  • Eating large amounts of food and large amount of empty food wrappers or tins in trash and places such as closet or car.
  • Bulimic teens often tend to steal money to purchase food for their binges.
  • Teenagers go on a constant diet in order to skip certain foods and their eating schedule will be different each time they eat.
  • Bulimic teens often tend to vomit after going through a cycle of binge eating.
  • Teenagers tend to engage themselves in excessive amounts of exercise.

Physical Signs in Bulimic Teens

  • The weight of teenagers always fluctuates and they stay within 10 to 15 pounds of their regular weight. In most of the cases, bulimic teens are not abnormally thin.
  • Signs of bulimia can be noticed when teens visit a dentist for check up since excess vomiting can lead to serious tooth decay and other dental problems.
  • Teenagers suffering from bulimia have calluses on their knuckles which appear due to inducing vomiting with hands.
  • Look for calluses on the knuckles which appear from inducing vomiting with the hands.
  • Teenage girls go through irregular menstruation because of the effects of bulimia.


  • Encouragement, caring and persistence helps to keep a track of teenagers suffering from bulimia and providing them with proper treatment.
  • Parents, teachers and physicians should help teens to regain a sense of self control and self esteem.
  • Psychoactive medications are often helpful in treating eating disorders in teens.

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