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The main signs of bulimia are eating a large amount of food over a very short time (binge eating) and then ridding your body of the extra food (purging) by making yourself vomit, taking laxatives or exercising excessively, or a combination of these.

Other signs of bulimia include: 

You may also notice physical signs like:

Warning signs of bulimia in someone else

The following warning signs could indicate that someone you care about has an eating disorder:

Getting help

Getting help and support as soon as possible gives you the best chance of recovering from bulimia.

If you think you may have bulimia, see your GP as soon as possible.

If you are concerned that a family member or friend may have bulimia, let them know you are worried about them and encourage them to see their GP. You could offer to go along with them.

You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat, by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or their youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.