Bulimia Signs & Symptoms
Bulimia in children, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, presents with the following symptoms:
- recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterized by: eating a substantially larger amount of food in a discrete period of time (e.g. 2 hours) than would be eaten by most people in similar circumstances during that same time period
- a sense of lack of control over eating during a binge
- engaging in inappropriate behavior intended to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, mis-use of laxatives and/or diuretics, fasting, or excessive exercising
- binges or inappropriate behaviors occurring, on average, at least twice weekly for at least 3 months
- self-evaluation unduly influenced by body shape or weight
If your child binges, it is extremely important that a diagnosis of binge-purge anorexia be ruled out before proceeding with treatment. More information on binge-purge anorexia can be found here. If you are unsure whether your child has been properly diagnosed or if are you are simply looking for eating disorder help, call us on 503 249 8851 and ask for our intake coordinator. For your convenience, you may also submit an online request. We answer all requests promptly.