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Wacky Bulimia Signs That Everyone ought to know!

I'm not going to teach you the obvious bulimia signs on this page... I'm going to teach you the bizarre ones... The ones that most people don't know to look out for.

I'm going to teach you the signs of bulimia that only bulimics know. The signs that 10 years of bulimia taught me.

Some of these signs are disturbing. Some of them are hard to spot... But if you look closely and observe the person concerned... You may see things that you hadn't seen before...

 

Bulimia Kills - Knowing and sharing the signs of this illness will help prevent people from suffering and even dying.

Click here to share Any Bulimia Signs That You know...

 

Below are the Top 8 Weird Signs Of Bulimia...

Here are the top 8 bulimia signs that most people don't know about. Click on the bulimia signs you're interested in to skip to that part of the page.

 

 

Toilet Paper Left in the Toilet Bowel

When I was bulimic, I'd leave loo paper on the toilet water after flushing. I did this because I was terrified that food or oil would be left in the toilet. Food scraps floating in the loo were obvious bulimia signs - so I needed to cover them up!

I'd often blow my nose so that the toilet paper on the water would have an explanation... Just in case anyone ever asked! (Life as a bulimic is so complicated!)

My mom often made comments about how much toilet paper we went through... But, she never knew the real reason why! I'm teaching you what I wish my mom had known... It could be bulimia.

 

Flushing twice...


If you're bulimic, you'll know how annoying a weak toilet flush is! I used to hate the things... They'd mean flushing twice, sometimes more... to flush my vomit away. So, keep an ear out for multiple toilet flushes... They could be a sign of bulimia.

I remember going to a party... There were lots of well-to-do people there. And, there was so much food! This situation was hell. I controlled my eating as best I could... but I still needed to throw up. So I went to the toilet, where I was 2nd in a line of 5 people waiting...

When my turn came, I threw up quietly... and then flushed... but it merely mixed up my vomit in the toilet. I waited a few minutes for the tank to re-fill... Then, I flushed for the 2nd time. Again, my vomit sloshed around without going down.

SH*T! I had ladies knocking on the door asking what the problem was. I was locked inside, freaking out... With a loo full of puke!

Eventually I unwound 2 rolls of toilet paper and shoved them into the toilet. I said it was blocked and asked if everyone to use the other loo.

It was lies like these that made me feel so ashamed.

 

Brings food up in their mouth and then re-Eats it

This is the most disturbing of all the bulimia signs... And although it's relatively uncommon, it does happen.

Some bulimics become so used to vomiting that they easily bring up food into their mouths... Without people noticing. Then, they re-eat it.

You'll notice if a person does this by watching and seeing if they randomly start chewing... Even small subtle chews. Or, if you see them swallow when they haven't appeared to have eaten anything.

I'm embarrassed to share this sign because I did this quite often when I was bulimic. I think the reason I did it was to numb my mind. When I was eating, or chewing, or focusing on throwing up... I'd temporarily forget that I was sad. To read my bulimia story, click here.

I remember a number of occasions, bringing too much food up by mistake... And having it spray out my mouth and down my chin. Thankfully, nobody caught me... I think the embarrassment would have killed me.

The Sound of the tap running for ages in the bathroom

When I was bulimic, I decided that throwing up in the toilet was too obvious. I knew it was one of the common bulimia signs... And, if I did it too often, people would become suspicious...

So, I started throwing up into the bathroom sink. I thought this was a good idea because:

a) It was less obvious

and...

b) The sound of the tap drowned out vomiting noises which I made.

If I was going to throw up in the sink, I'd eat foods that washed easily through the sink holes. Milky foods like custard and milkshakes were perfect. Cakes and foods without fibrous pieces were good too.

Definitely keep an ear out for the tap running non stop in the bathroom. This is one of the bulimia signs that is often overlooked... but very common.

 

Makes Excuses for the amount of food they're eating

Bulimics find it hard to control the amount of food that they eat... Because of this, they often make excuses for the quantity of food they're eating.

They might say that it's the first time they've eaten that day... Or that they did a huge workout earlier on...

Of course sometimes these stories might be true... But be aware of how often you're hearing them. It could be one of the important bulimia signs to look out for.

 

Starts Counting calories & develops strange food management habits

This is one of the earlier bulimia signs. Bulimia starts off as a desperate attempt to lose weight through rigid dieting. The restrictions that the diet puts on the individual causes them to spin out of control and binge eat... Often in the evening or towards the end of the day.

At the age of 15 I bought my first 'Calorie Counting' book. It was a small pocket guide so that I could keep it on me. This quickly developed into an extremely dangerous and rigid regime...

Within months I made myself 'Calorie coupons' which had different amounts written on them. 10, 20, 30, all the way up to 100 calories. I allocated myself a maximum of 400 calories per day. Every time I ate, I would put the calorie equivalent coupon aside.

I should have been eating 2000 calories per day... I was eating a fraction of this and felt starving all the time. When I cheated and ate over my 400 calories... I'd be so disgusted that I'd force myself to throw up...

My life was ruled by a dangerous mix of anorexia and bulimia.

 

Never eats "Normally"

Often, bulimics have an all-or-nothing approach to eating. So keep an eye out for people fasting, or not eating for long periods each day... Then keep an eye out for them over-eating. This is one of the classic bulimia signs.

Bulimia reminds me of alcohol addiction. You can go without eating, even for a long time... but as soon as you start, you can't stop.

In a way, that's what makes bulimia such a difficult illness... You have to eat to survive, but you have to learn how to control it. This is like an alcoholic being allowed to have 3 drinks a day. But no more.

 

The Smells of Bulimia - Vomit (and mint!)

The smell of vomit and mint are both common bulimia signs...

Bulimics will smell of vomit after purging... They then use mints to cover up the smell of their vomit.

Smell inside the shower and bathroom sink - even the toilet if you can bring yourself to do it. The smell of vomit is quite distinctive and you might be able to notice it.

If there is a smell of mint, or scented soap... think to yourself if it smells too intentional or too strong. Perhaps it's intended to cover up the smell of vomit.

 

Suspect That Somebody You Love is Bulimic?

From laxative abuse, secrecy around eating and "Bulimia Teeth", there are many different signs to watch out for. If you have noticed odd behaviour in someone you love, it could be due to bulimia. Share the bulimia signs you have noticed here...

Title of The Bulimia Sign You've Noticed (ex. Sores On The Mouth)

Signs of Bulimia - Shared By Others...

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

I'm So Done With This 
I thought I was so clever until I read this page! I had myself convinced that my tricks were the best to covering up bulimia, but as it turns out, all …

Drinking Water 
When I had bulimia, it was super uncomfortable to throw up, so I drank around 4 cups of water at ever meal, both to make forcing myself to throw up easier, …

Coughing fit 
I would be sitting in my room and would hear my daughter coughing and sniffing all the time at first I though it was allergies but when I later learned …

Wiping Away Tears 
After I finish purging, my eyes are always wet due to the tears that I shed because of the strain on my eyes. I try to look up while I'm throwing up so …

Awareness 
always looking at the body making sure it could look better for ex. at practice I would always pull my shorts down to not show my inner theigh or pull …

long showers 
I struggle with anorexia and bulimia. I took to vomiting in the shower after I ate dinner(if I did) and it goes undetected with the water running and …

Help - why is my roommate always eating?! 
I answered a craigslist ad and started renting a room from a small asian woman. She is really small and this is one reason I'm really confused by all the …

Lack of plastic bags / Tongue Sores - a sign of bulimia 
I would purge in the corner of my room using plastic grocery bags or even the quality shopping bags. Because I was scared of my parents catching me if …

blood noses more often than usual 
I'm bulimic and iv been getting blood noses as I vomit, often quite heavy or with a massive blood clot that comes out with the toilet paper once it has …

Body spray and white powder on the carpet.. 
When I would purge, I'd do it in my room because my parents were always careful whenever I'd go to the bathroom since they heard me one time in there. …

Exaggerated coughing jag 
My gf is a long time secret bulimic , you'd be surprised at the number of professional counselors that missed such obvious signs . Anyways , the last few …

Stealing from grocery stores 
Bulimia is so expensive, and plus the personality type makes you even more prone to stealing- the ED drives you to it! I always loved grocery shopping …

Popped Blood Vessels 
If I was forcing my food up hard enough, I would pop blood vessels on my face. Usually it would be in my eyes.. but sometimes it would be on my cheeks. …

Swollen face 
Often the face will become swollen or have a puffy appearance

Odd eating. 
Eats very awkwardly by ripping whatever they're eating into tiny little pieces.

eating alone 
I have 3 roommates and we all eat at different times, but when we do it's usually in the kitchen or the living room. One girl ALWAYS eats in her room alone. …

Necklaces and drawstrings tucked in 
A good "red flag" indicator is if someone comes out of the bathroom with their hood drawstrings or necklaces tucked inside their shirt collar (so nothing …

Bite mark 
Bulimics could have a bite mark on their hand from shoving their hand in their mouth all the time.

Make the house as loud as possible 
My mom does the dishes, the laundry, and rams up the volume of the TV all at once, plus the aforementioned turning on the sink and/or bathtub water on …

Carrying your tooth brush and tooth paste everywhere! 
I'm bulimic and I bring my tooth brush and tooth paste where ever I go! I puke and then brush my teeth. It gets rid of the smell and maybe helps my teeth …

Guilty Eyes when talking about bulimia 
When eating or talking about food I will get uncomfortable and look at others to gauge their reactions to see how I should act. Or I will act vague and …

Turning on the shower, and the sink, and possibly a radio - sign of bulimia 
Turning on the shower, and the sink, and possibly a radio when in the bathroom... Not only those but anything that can possibly make noise. When I …

Zip Lock bags in odd places - a sign of bulimia 
When I was bulimic I would always have zip lock bags with me... In my car, backpack, and every room of the house. This way I could throw up anywhere. If …

Drinking liquid quickly or a large amount at the end of a meal is a bulimia sign 
I've been struggling with bulimia for 4 years. I've done EVERY single thing listed above. Liquids are a huge part or my purging. 1.I will take a few …

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Exercising right after eating/purging Not rated yet
Excessive exercise is another form of purging. Some bulimics will use both methods of throwing up and excessively exercising in order to get rid of all …

sores on mouth Not rated yet
I have a sore on one side of my mouth and the other side is red and sore, its embarrassing and they won't go away because i won't stop shoving my hand …

Food coming out of their nose Not rated yet
This is one I don't see written up, but happens to me EVERY time after a purge... having small chunks of food come up when I blow my nose or cough. Especially …

goes through lots of mouthwash Not rated yet
My dentist recommends lots of swishing with antibacterial mouthwash after a purge, and I do a lot of that. In my worst, I'd go through a giant bottle …

Pink Ring in Toilet, Vomit Smell, Frequent Bathroom Trips Not rated yet
I've noticed that (as someone who is the sole cleaner of the house, and regularly) a pink ring has formed rather quickly around our toilet. Also, my girlfriend's …

My experience.. Not rated yet
I am currently bulimic and cant stand the feeling of food in my stomach. The way I hide it is by: -Turning the shower on every time I purge and popping …

Often Making Excuses to Use The Bathroom Not rated yet
If someone you know is often using excuses to use the bathroom directly after eating, it's one of the major clues they may be bulimic.

strong body odour Not rated yet
when i purged i'd be doing it so i was sweating, tears rolling, completely exhausted and even if i'd had a shower just half an hour or few hours before …

Red eyes, milkshakes, and far bathrooms Not rated yet
I'm still in the midst of my bulemia and unfortunately, since I am semi recovered from anorexia and still slightly under weight my family is happy to see …

wall & floor stains Not rated yet
The surrounding areas by toilets will have splatters or yellow slop streaks, on toilet bowl, base, floor, & nearby wall. They also tend to go to a bathroom …

Food Disposal going Not rated yet
I am bulimic and I hate it so badly. Kinda seems impossible to improve on. I tried giving it up, and in the first week I gained X lbs. I feel so fat. I …

cuts on hands from teeth  Not rated yet
my teeth have scraped the upside of my hands before

Smelly fingers/tooth brush Not rated yet
I've been bulimic/anorexic since I was 12 or 13. I've always noticed that after I purged, my hand would smell awfully unless washed with a very strong …

Runny nose and smeared mascara (eye makeup) Not rated yet
Every time I would "get rid" of my food, my nose would run and my eyes would water. It was just my body's natural reaction I guess. Anyways, I would always …

tap running Not rated yet
Whenever she goes to the bathroom she always runs the tap. I managed to peep in through the keyhole and she wouldn't be at the sink though.

Red fingers Not rated yet
I am bulimic and after a purge I get red teeth marks at the end of the two fingers I used to purge with because of the intensity of me pushing my fingers …

Bruises Not rated yet
My daughter is an admitted bulimic. She exhibits 99% of the examples discussed here. One thing I have not seen is why she would have bruises around her …

Looks like they've been crying Not rated yet
I've gotten popped blood vessels in my eyes and around my eyelids. My eyes are all red and eyes make-up free. Swollen, red lips were also common.

frequent body checking Not rated yet
Ive been bulimic for 3 months now and one habit that i have aside from the other things mentioned was that i would always be sucking in and checking my …

Scrapes or scratches on hand. Not rated yet
So much purging the forcing of your fingers down your own throat. It causes contact between your teeth. This results in scratches or scrapes on the tops …

My signs. Not rated yet
Blisters inside my mouth. Headaches. Not sleeping. Getting to warm. Hair falling out. Feeling sick more often than normal Not being able to movtivate …

Loosing teeth quickly, and scent of a lot of toothpaste. Not rated yet
I seem to have noticed a HUGE amount of toothpaste scent in my sister's bathroom. It smells of a strong mint, she also lost her teeth a lot. She is only …

Dry & Cracked Lip Corners Not rated yet
Left & Right corners of lips are cracked and painful. Due to repeated stretching of the mouth wide open while gagging using fingers. Sometimes, ulcers …

hide food Not rated yet
They always hide food from their close ones and other people because they don't want people to be commenting on the amount of food eaten. If someone in …

Going to the bathroom after every meal Not rated yet
In school, my friend will eat a load of junk food for lunch eg chocolate, crips, sweets all in one day. Then, she will go to the bathroom (to purge I guess) …

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Hoarse voice Not rated yet
Voice will often be hoarse with no other signs of a cold. This is because acid eats away at the vocal cords from the frequent vomiting.

Help - why is my roommate always eating?! Not rated yet
I answered a craigslist ad and started renting a room from a small asian woman. She is really small and this is one reason I'm really confused by all the …

Lack of plastic bags  Not rated yet
I would purge in the corner of my room using plastic grocery bags or even the quality shopping bags. Because I was scared of my parents catching me if …

Becomes upset when bathroom is blocked Not rated yet
When I was bulimic my mom would try and have conversations with me whenever I went to bathroom. It is EXTREMELY difficult to to hold a conversation and …

smelly tooth brush Not rated yet
Some bulimics tend to use their tooth brush to vomit, because it comes up faster. The tooth brush may smell bad because of the vomit that gets on it.

Eats alone late at night Not rated yet
Bullimics don't feel comfortable binging in front of people so it is usually done alone, or at odd times, such as the middle night. You may catch them …

Food wrappers in bathroom trash Not rated yet
Ive been bulimic for about 3 years now, and I always tend to leave food wrappers in the bathroom trash can from binging in the bathroom for privacy before …

yellow teeth Not rated yet
yellow teeth

Early mornings Not rated yet
Wakes up earlier than nessecary, ( working out), obsession with brushing teeth.

Lying all the time Not rated yet
Coming into my house when I am not there (I am her mother) and leaving vomit in the toilet.

vanishing bowls or cups Not rated yet
Some bulimics find it too obvious to purge in the bathroom after a giant binge or just feeling guilty of the food they ate. They sometimes tend to bring …

Chocolate eating when sad Not rated yet
I have been bulimic for 8 years and EVERYTIME I was sad or something happened i would just sit in my room or where ever and cry and stuff like 4 chocolates …

oily or greasey toilets Not rated yet
When you have oily food and throw up in the toilet.. it leaves a oily film on the toilet even after flushing..

smelly room Not rated yet
I've noticed that when you throw up in containers, bags, or jars and you keep them in your room, you have to get rid of them quickly or else it starts …

Hairbands on wrists Not rated yet
I always have a hairband around my wrist so as I can tie my hair back after a binge. You never know when you are going to be forced into a situation where …

Hoarding Not rated yet
Buying a lot of snacks at once, hoarding, and hiding food!

Carelessness in the kitchen while eating alot Not rated yet
Im bulimic and when I go in for a binge, I don't really care what I eat and I generally want to eat it fast so that no one notices it. So I bang around …

Vomiting Sounds Not rated yet
In the stalls at the school's cafeteria, I heard a girl who sounded like she was in some distress. As I listened, I would hear a lot of liquid hitting …

Always eats really fast (and clears their plate too) Not rated yet
This is something I've noticed in myself. No matter whether it's a snack or a full meal I would always eat the meal really fast, knowing of course that …

Hair tied up, sleeves rolled up Not rated yet
Will walk out of the bathroom rolling down sleeves or with sleeves rolled up and hair has suddenly become tied up.

Popped blood vessels on eyelids/around eyes (tiny pink or red dots) Not rated yet
The strain of vomiting can cause popped blood vessels on the eyelids and around the eyes.

Waiting to eat when people aren't around Not rated yet
I always get really excited when my roommates leave or go to sleep (and I like them, of course) because I get to be alone and eat a ton, then be able to …

Burn Marks Not rated yet
I noticed that she had darker spots under her lower lip. Sometimes it looked really dry and irritated. I figured it was from the stomach acid.

Disappearing after Lunch. Not rated yet
After snacking,I would "disappear" and puke somewhere away from home where no one could see, usually I'd go to the club's bathroom nearby, or take a plastic …

Breakouts around the chin and mouth Not rated yet
Because vomit tends to have bacteria, when a bulimic regurgitates it sometimes trails along the chin and mouth area. I've noticed that I start to breakout …

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Their weight fluctuates a lot Not rated yet
When a bulimic loses weight, they tend to get dark circles and stay puffy in the face even though their body is thin. This is because the capillaries in …

signs of bulimia Ive noticed from someone I know that thinks nobody knows Not rated yet
1.dark spots under her eyes 2.always goes to the bathroom right away after eating or at least within 15 minutes after eating. 3. After eating, she will …

Red watery eye excuses Not rated yet
After a hard purge my eyes are always red and watery, I always come up with excuses like... "I was blowing my nose and my nose ring got stuck on the tissue" …

Constantly skint or having to borrow money  Not rated yet
Sometimes even on payday, I would be skint to the point where I would have to borrow money off a family member to get to college. This was because I was …

Chewing For Long periods of time Not rated yet
A perso with Bulimia might often do the "chew and spit" method. This allows them to get a taste and the first sensations of eating, but not actually ingest …

takes "long showers" Not rated yet
I would hide chips or cookies in my bathroom right before dinner and then after I ate a normal sized dinner with my family I would say I was goin to take …

Late day eating Not rated yet
All day fasting or near fasting, followed by late night, or even early morning hours, episodes of hysterical binging with every attempt being made to cover …

stuffy nose, bloodshot eyes Not rated yet
my nose is constantly stuffed up after I purge. My throat is scratchy and I just tell people I have a cold if they ask. Also done most of the other things …

Bite mark Not rated yet
Bulimics could have a bite mark on their hand from shoving their hand in their mouth all the time. The one i noticed was just two teeth marks on my friends …

Excessive peeing  Not rated yet
Whenever I go into the bathroom to puke and my dad comes in I always say I was just going to the toilet, even though i've been in the bathroom for like …

Bitemarks on the toothbrush, or smelly toothbrush Not rated yet
I have bulimia, and I'm trying to fix it...but it's not a very easy task. But bite marks on the toothbrush, or a smelly toothbrush is a sign. Cause that …

Squeaky Clean Toilet Not rated yet
Shaye wrote about leaving behind the smell of vomit in the bathroom. Well how about leaving behind the smell of bleach and air freshner EVERY SINGLE TIME …

Showering After Dinner Not rated yet
I would take a shower right after dinner because the sound of the shower blocked out the sound of vomit. Also, it allotted me a certain amount to time …

Knuckle redness/scarring Not rated yet
Immediately following a purge there's always redness on the knuckles (and tooth marks on the middle of the top of the hand if you're using 3 or 4 fingers …

Watery eyes, pinkish nose when exiting the washroom. Not rated yet
Self-induced vomiting puts a huge strain on the face - my eyes ALWAYS water up as if I've been crying and my face gets red. Especially my nose, I essentially …

Emptying Bins and Loud Music Not rated yet
Since I became bulimic I would always purge in a bin in my room with the music pretty loud and later when no one is paying attention would empty the bin …

Washing out dishes: An odd sign of bulimia Not rated yet
As a bulimic I am often ashamed of what I eat. I am seen as a very selective eater - something that I've developed because of my history of anorexia. So …

Cooking for one - a sign of bulimia Not rated yet
I have become obsessed with cooking shows and recipe books. Anything to do with food really. I started cutting out recipes that i would rarely use and …

Small Coughs & Misty Eyes & Hair Up After Bathroom Visit Not rated yet
I struggle on/off with EDNOS and purge. Two things -- if I've purged a LOT in a day (like upwards of 3 times), I will often develop a weird, small cough …

Taking long showers multiple times per day is a sign of bulimia Not rated yet
The shower is a safe place to vomit because the sound of the water running is loud and no one questions someone who is taking a shower. I usually binge …

LIES LIES LIES............................... Not rated yet
AFTER A VOMITING EPISODE I NOTICE THE PERSON LOOKS GREYISH AND GLASSY EYED ALONG WITH COMPLAINTS OF FEELING WEAK OR POSSIBLY COMING DOWN WITH THE "FLU" …

Leaving the house after eating - a sign of bulimia Not rated yet
I'm bulimic and when I lived at home with my parents I used to say that I was going on a 5 minute walk (this was within 10 minutes after eating) to help …

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