Warning Signs of Bulimia

Unlike anorexia nervosa whose symptoms are usually difficult to hide, bulimia can be harder to recognize, and therefore this eating disorder can go without detection and treatment for decades. Many individuals with bulimia are very secretive about their behaviors, and family members may be unaware that the eating disorder exists. Also, the severity of this eating disorder ranges from very infrequent to a constant preoccupation with eating and purging. Thus, the interruption in daily function may be minimal to catastrophic. Warning signs of bulimia include:

  • Episodes of binge eating
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives and diuretics
  • Body image disturbance
  • Feelings of guilt or shame about eating
  • Depression and irritability
  • Withdrawal from family and friends after meals
  • Hypertensive
  • Scars on knuckles or hands
  • Normal or overweight in appearance
  • Hypertensive
  • Edema
  • Extremity Weakness
  • Esophagitis
  • Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Sore and Irritated Throat
  • Swollen parotid glands
  • Dental erosions

If you or your loved one is exhibiting the warning signs of bulimia, please don’t wait to seek eating disorder diagnosis and treatment. Fairwinds Treatment Center provides highly effective bulimia treatment for this dangerous, yet very treatable, eating disorder.


There is hope for healing and a new beginning at Fairwinds Treatment Center. At our residential and outpatient treatment center in Florida, you’ll meet highly skilled medical experts in the field of eating disorders treatment. Our experienced and caring staff provides individualized care in a warm, respectful and safe environment


At Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida, we provide a unique and effective treatment approach that combines psychological and emotional support with nutritional guidance. Our medical professionals know that every patient is fighting their own intensely personal battle. With that in mind, our Eating Disorder programs are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family. We operate a small, comfortable residential treatment center where you or your loved one can take the time necessary to truly heal.

Why Choose Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the top eating disorder treatment centers in the world. Our specialists, Dr. Khal El-Yousef and Dr. Pauline Powers, understand the complexities of these ailments and the underlying psychological conditions that cause them, and implement clinically backed methods to help adult men and women and adolescent boys and girls uncover and overcome the root causes of their disorders, even while assisting in their physical recovery.

Dr. Pauline Powers is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading researcher, educator and trainer in the continually evolving field of eating disorder treatment, and has 40 years of experience fighting this fight. She currently sits on the Scientific Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Screening Program and the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Review and has also served as the founding President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and founding member of the Eating Disorders Research Society.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is no time to waste. Contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today by phone or via our online form to start the journey toward treatment and recovery.

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The History of Fairwinds Treatment Center

Fairwinds Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Khal El-Yousef in 1989, and we offer a treatment model that combines the benefits of therapy with a more clinical approach to eating disorders, addiction and the underlying psychological conditions that can spur these self-destructive behaviors. We believe that addressing all of the factors that contribute to an eating disorder is the only way to facilitate a full recovery. As such, we are one of the only dually licensed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities in the nation to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which empowers us to address any chemical dependencies or behavioral issues that may contribute to an eating disorder.


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