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describe the features of bulimia nervosa.?

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Dr. Stephen Sondike
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Binging and Purging: Bulimia nervosa is defined as bingeing (eating more than a typical person would in a similar situation), then using a compensatory behavior (ie vomiting, excessive exercise, laxative abuse) in an attempt to prevent weight gain from the binge. Bulimics can be any size, though typically are normal or slightly overweight.. Either way, self image is unduly influenced by weight.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 41 years experience
An add on as to WHY: Body image has been an integral sense of identity and value for many thousands of years. Women mostly are more valued in our culture for being the "norm" in the wt category. They tend to be regarded as more valuable financially in their job etc. Women who approach the norm -avg weight regardless of their ablities receive better pay than similar male counterparts.
Dr. John Edmison
Gastroenterology 19 years experience
Binge and purge: Features include binging (eating more food than normal); followed by purging (self induced vomiting).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can one recover from anorexia and bulimia?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Tell someone.: The first step is to recognize that you have a problem and tell someone. Then tell your physician. Get help. This is a difficult problem to fix on your own. Counseling and sometimes medication can help.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Many: If you are referring to binge eating and inducing vomiting, it can lead to nutritional deficiency, electrolyte imablance, especially potassium deficieny which can be lethal, tears in the esophagus and stomach with bleeding, erosion of tooth enamel due to gastric acid. Most people with bulimia have underlying psychological issues.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what are early signs of bulimia?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Vomitting: People with bulemia eat until they are overfull, then vomit in an attempt to get rid of the extra calories. This is not effective for weight loss.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Eating patterns: In anorexia nervosa, people refrain from eating, often exercising and becoming dangerously thin. Bulemic patients overeat, then vomit or use diureticd or laxatives to try to get rid of the excess weight.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Symptoms of bulimia nervosa include having strong urge to eat large amounts of food in one setting to the point of feeling excessively full. This then leads to feelings of excessive guilt over the act and a tendency to purge the food, either by inducing vomiting or diarrhea with laxatives. Often depression and anxiety are present too.

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