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Bulimia Nervosa

Information about Bulimia Nervosa

We Have to Know about the Bulimia Nervosa

  • Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves repetitive binge eating: eating large quantities of food at one sitting, regardless of hunger
  • During the binge, the person feels out of control of the eating and cannot stop. The condition also involves behavior that is aimed at controlling weight, such as purging -self-induced vomiting
  • Bulimia can lead to dehydration from purging, chronic bowel problems from laxative use, tooth decay from excessive vomiting and gastrointestinal difficulties
  • At its most destructive, bulimic behavior can lead to an irregular heartbeat, permanent heart damage and even death

Causes of Bulimia Nervosa

  • It’s not known specifically what causes bulimia
  • Biological: Some people may be genetically vulnerable to developing bulimia. Young women with a biological sister or mother with an eating disorder are at higher risk to develop this condition
  • Psychological: People with bulimia may have low self-worth, for instance, as well as perfectionism. They may have trouble controlling impulsive behaviors, managing moods or expressing anger. There may be a history of sexual abuse
  • Sociocultural: Modern culture generally develops and highlights a desire for thinness. Success and worth are often equated with being thin. Peer pressure may fuel this desire to be thin, particularly among young girls

Signs & Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Extreme concern over body weight or body shape
  • Eating large quantities of food over a short period (binge eating), usually in secret
  • Following binge eating (A bout of excessive eating and drinking) with purging — self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or suppositories — or with fasting, restrictive dieting or excessive exercise

Medical advice for Bulimia Nervosa

  • See your doctor if you think you have or are at risk of, bulimia

Risk factors of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Women make up 85% to 90% of people with bulimia nervosa

Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa

  • Nutritional counseling; psychological counseling; and medication
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