This study is notable for its large sample size and use of a randomly selected, community-based sample. The relationship between obesity and other symptoms is highly inconsistent between studies. Open in a separate window. If you notice an unusual amount of food waste and wrappers, it may be the result of a binge. But it also can occur in teenage boys, and in adult women and men.
Vomiting, however, is not the only method of purging.
The Relationship Between Obesity and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Sometimes a person will start to feel sick within an hour or two of eating or drinking contaminated food or liquid. After adjusting for demographic characteristics and excluding subjects found to have esophagitis or peptic ulcer disease on endoscopy, the authors found that only diarrhea remained significantly associated with obesity. A person with bulimia might eat more than 2, calories in one sitting and then induce vomiting. These variations are relevant because they may contribute to the increase in foregut symptoms reported in obese subjects. People with bulimia who induce vomiting may have cuts on their hands from their fingers scraping against their teeth.