Bulimia is a serious mental illness where people feel that they have lost control over their eating and evaluate themselves according to their body shape and weight. People with bulimia are caught in a cycle of eating large quantities of food (called ‘bingeing’), and then vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics (called purging), in order to prevent gaining weight. This behaviour can dominate daily life and lead to difficulties in relationships and social situations. It is important to get help for the bulimic as soon as possible – therapy and medications often can help patients get back on the right track and develop a healthy body image and eating habits.

1. Loads of disappearing food

Bulimics are very good at hiding the signs of bulimia. Often people suffering from bulimia will eat alone – or when other people are showering, out walking etc. They will offer to clean up the kitchen and eat lots of leftovers whilst cleaning up. Sometimes they will eat alone in their cars on their way to or from work. It is not uncommon that the fridge will be always empty around bulimics – they will take the food to their room to eat. If you notice that large amounts keep disappearing, this is a sign that one of your loved ones may be suffering from bulimia.