What is Bulimia?
Definition of Bulimia: A potentially life-threatening eating disorder in which a person binge-eats and then fasts, vomits or goes to other extreme measures to avoid gaining weight. A person with bulimia often feels out of control while binging, and has a negative body image. Below is a brief overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments, plus links to more information.
What Causes Bulimia? Genetics, emotional health, trauma and societal pressures may play a role. People with bulimia are likely to have low self esteem and suffer from depression. They may also be impulsive and perfectionistic, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Is Bulimia Contagious?No.
Medical Term: Bulimia nervosa.
Signs & Symptoms: Friends and family may also notice a person:
- Has damaged or eroded teeth, often caused by vomiting.
- Has entrenched rules about food being good or bad.
- Goes to the bathroom right after meals.
Treatment & Remedies: Treating bulimia is difficult. A combination of therapy, medication, nutrition education and support groups can help. Only in extreme cases will a person with bulimia require hospitalization.
- People with bulimia are often a normal weight.
- Bulimia usually starts in the late teens or early 20s.
- More women than men are afflicted with bulimia.
Sources and More Information:
- Bulimia: Details from MyHealthNewsDaily
- Related Information from the Mayo Clinic
- Related Information from the National Institute of Mental Health
- Related Information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
This information is not meant to provide specific medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. We recommend you consult a qualified health care professional for diagnoses and treatment advice, and call 9-1-1 in emergencies.
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