There is no single test to diagnose bulimia. If your doctor thinks that you may have an eating disorder such as bulimia, he/she will check you for signs for malnutrition or electrolyte imbalances. You will also be asked questions about your mental well-being, as bulimia is usually accompanied by other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Some exams and tests for a possible eating disorder include:
Questions about your medical history, including your physical and emotional health, both present and past
A physical exam to examine your heart, lungs, blood pressure, weight, mouth, skin, and hair for diet problems
Screening questions about your eating habits and how you feel about your health
A mental health assessment to assess for depression or anxiety
Blood tests to check for signs of malnutrition, such as low potassium levels or other chemical imbalances
X-rays, which can show whether your bones have been weakened (osteopenia) by malnutrition
You can have bulimia and be underweight, average weight, or overweight. If you have bulimia, you binge in secret and deny that you have a problem. These factors can make bulimia hard to diagnose. Early, accurate diagnosis and treatment of bulimia can decrease the chances of long-term health problems and even death in severe cases. However, if you suffer from bulimia, you will attempt to try to hide symptoms, which can make it hard to detect. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you can book an appointment with your physician and be assured of receiving quality medical care at The Aga Khan University Hospital.