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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Overview)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of the unwanted foods eaten.


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How does bulimia usually start?

How does bulimia usually start?

Disliking your body: It usually starts with an intense feeling of dissatisfaction for one's body image. This intense dissatisfaction then leads to the binging and/or purging behaviors often associated with an eating disorder. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
725 doctors shared insights

Bulimia (Overview)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of the unwanted foods eaten.


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Symptoms of bulimia -- is severe dryness or acne a symptom of bulimia?

Symptoms of bulimia -- is severe dryness or acne a symptom of bulimia?

Not usually: Commonly seen signs in bulimia include a thin build, low heart rate and low blood pressure, fine hair on trunk, swelling in the feet and hands. Purging causes eroded dental enamel from vomiting, scarred/scratched hands from inducing it, esophageal/stomach tears and metabolic problems. Severe dryness and acne are not seen commonly unless there is a coexisting disease process. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Tip)

Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating

Myth: people who have eating disorders are skinny. Not necessarily true, as in bulimia, overeaters. ...See more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Checklist)

Don't skip meals
daily
List binge triggers
daily
Get professional help
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What are the main effects and symptoms of bulimia?

What are the main effects and symptoms of bulimia?

An Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which one has a distorted body image often suffering from binge eating (eating very large amounts of food in a short time), purging (self-induced vomiting), laxative or diuretic abuse and excessive exercise. One can develop gum infections, cavities, swollen parotid glands, and electrolyte imbalances. This condition requires professional treatment. ...Read more

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What are some big signs of bulimia in a fifty year old?

What are some big signs of bulimia in a fifty year old?

Age independent: Bulimia doesn't vary with age. It consists of ingesting excessive calories and "compensating" by getting rid of them (purging) through vomiting or laxitive use. Occasional binge eating is not bulimia. Recurrent binge eating without prugring does occur too; it is one form of morbid obesity. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Tip)

Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating

Myth...Only teenage girls suffer from eating disorder. ...See more

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I need to get a diagnosis for bulimia but i'm scared?

I need to get a diagnosis for bulimia but i'm scared?

Bulimia: You can start with your family physician on this, since you do need a careful review of your health with this disorder. Your doctor may know of excellent psychologists and psychiatrists in your community who can help with in-depth treatment of this problem. You can also educate yourself further, and then it may not be so scary: http://www.Nationaleatingdisorders.Org/ there is hope for you! ...Read more

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Is there any kind of online test or quiz that you know of that can help diagnose an eating disorder such as bulimia?

Is there any kind of online test or quiz that you know of that can help diagnose an eating disorder such as bulimia?

Online diagnosis: Eating disorders are serious business, and can have serious health consequences, see a human professional psychiatrist or clinical psychologist if u really have a q. About it - u r worth it. For some education see: http://cpancf.Com/eatingdisorders.Asp. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Tip)

Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating

Eating disorder specialists believe that the chance for recovery increases with early detection. ...See more