Teenage Bulimia: Symptoms, Common Behavior and Physical Signs
Teenage bulimia is also known as
, 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.