Written by Karl Parrott
Being able to tell if your child suffers from bulimia is relatively simple. Bulimia has a few tell tale signs that are hard to miss.Â Bulimia nervosa is a very seriousÂ eating disorder and can cause permanent damage to your body. Here's how to tell if your child is bulimic.
Know what bulimia is. Bulimia (bulimia nervosa, anorexia bulimia) is a very serious eating disorder.Â Anorexia and bulima are two of the most common eating's disorders and often goÂ hand in hand. Bulimia is when an individual displays compulsiveÂ eating habits directly followed by purging (vomiting) methods to avoid anyÂ weight gain. Many people of all ages become bulimic as a result of anorexia (fear ofÂ gaining weight).
Closely monitor your child's behavior after a meal. If they excuse themselves to the bathroom, they are probably going to purge the food that they just ate. Some people are smart and wait 10 to 20 minutes until they are alone, so stick around for at least 40 minutes.
Monitor your child's weight. Severe weight loss is normally a sign of an eating disorder, and could possibly be the result of bulimia.
Be on the look out for baggy clothes. Kids with bulimia tend to wear large, loose fitting clothes to hide theirÂ dramatic weight loss. So if your child is wearing a large sweat shirt in the middle of July, something is probably up.
Look for staining on your child's teeth. Although this is one of the more severe bulimia side effects--usually only apparent after someone has been bulimic for a number of years--stomach acids from constant purging erode the teeth and discolor them. Yellow stains are a good sign that your son or daughter has bulimia nervosa.
Get your child help for bulimia. Bulimia is normally a mental problem and therapy is normally needed. There are a variety of bulimia treatment and recovery centers out there. I advise calling your family physician or local hospital for a bulimia recovery program near you.