Diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa

A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation.

Medical professionals diagnose bulimia nervosa when individuals, particularly young women, do the following:

  • Report binge eating at least once a week for three (3) months or more;
  • Feel out of control during and after the binge;
  • Compensate for the binges by purging (for example, by making themselves vomit or using laxatives), by fasting, or by exercising excessively; and/or
  • Express marked concern about weight gain and base their self-image largely on weight and body shape.

Medical professionals also check for other clues that support the diagnosis of bulimia nervosa:

  • Wide fluctuations in weight, especially if there are clues suggesting excessive laxative use (such as diarrhoea and abdominal cramps);
  • Swollen salivary glands in the cheeks;
  • Scars on the knuckles from using the fingers to induce vomiting;
  • Erosion of tooth enamel from stomach acid; and/or
  • A low level of potassium detected by a blood test.

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