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Eating Disorders - Bulimia

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder associated with binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors used to prevent weight gain. Generally this involves some form of purging (vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise, or taking water pills). Because purging or other compensatory behavior follows the binge-eating episodes, people with bulimia usually weigh within the normal range for their age and height. However, like individuals with anorexia, they may fear gaining weight, desire to lose weight, and feel intensely dissatisfied with their bodies. People with bulimia often perform the behaviors in secrecy, feeling disgusted and ashamed when they binge, yet relieved once they purge.

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa include:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterized by eating an excessive amount of food within a discrete period of time and by a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications (purging); fasting; or excessive exercise
  • The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight

Other Useful links about Bulimia

  • Bulimia Nervosa Overview
    • Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder associated with binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors used to prevent weight gain. Read more about Bulimia Nervosa.
  • What happens to your body with Bulimia?
    • Read about what happens to your body with Bulimia. See what happens with such things as hair, your muscles and joints, skin, hormones, and intestines with bulimia.
  • Who becomes Bulimic?
    • An estimated 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent of females have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. Read more about.who becomes bulimic.
  • What causes Bulimia?
    • There is no single known cause of bulimia. Some causes of bulimia include, culture, family, psychology and stressful life events or changes.
  • What are the signs of Bulimia
    • A person with bulimia may be thin, overweight, or normal weight. This makes it hard to know if someone has bulimia. But there are warning signs of bulimia to look out for.
  • Prognosis and Treatment for Bulimia
    • Read about Bulimia treatment, which may include individual therapy, family therapy, neurofeedback or medicine.
  • What should I do if I think someone I know has Bulimia?
 
     
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