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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder involving periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Bulimia: Bulimia is an illness which involves at least twice weekly consumption of large quantity of calories followed by compensatory behavior to "lose"/make up for those calories (purging/laxative/excessive exercise/restriction). As an eating disorder specialist, i believe it is primariy an anxiety disorder coped with by addictive body image/food behaviors initiated by feeling a lack of control in life. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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How common is bulimia?

How common is bulimia?

2.3%: A 2009 nimh study found the lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa was 2.3%, with  a peak age of incidence between 16-20 years. ...Read more

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How to recover bulimia?

How to recover bulimia?

Psychodynamic: Bulimia is sometimes the result of a vicious internal struggle between self-indulgence and self-destructiveness. The cycle goes as follows: punitive self-denial, then feelings of deprivation and anger, followed by self-indulgence, then guilt and the need to self-punish, followed by punitive self-denial. A vicious cycle: denial, anger, indulgence, guilt. Psychotherapy can really help. ...Read more

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How is bulimia detectable?

How is bulimia detectable?

Signs of behavior: I think you are asking for evidence/signs of purging behaviors in patients. The person is very concerned about weight. Because of forced vomiting could be acrid smelling breath and tooth enamel eroded/brown due to stomach acid; knuckle calluses or worn away finger nails from forced gagging. Lots of empty laxative containers, visits to the bathroom or disappearances after eating, weight shifts. ...Read more

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What are bulimia symptoms?

What are bulimia symptoms?

Bulimia: In bulimia, the person regularly eats large amounts of food with the feeling s/he can't control food intake. There is also purging behavior through avenues like vomiting, diuretics, laxatives, etc. They are extremely worried about their body size and shape. Much more info through the national eating disorders association: http://tinyurl.Com/ospndlu. ...Read more

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What do I do about bulimia?

See a counselor: See your doctor to make sure you don't have any electrolyte abnormalities or other medical consequences from the bulimia. In addition, see a counselor. Bulimia is difficult to recover from without help. Talking with a counselor knowledgeable in the disorder can be vital. Group therapy can be very helpful. Explore this site: http://www.Innersolutions.Net for help . Don't give up! ...Read more

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How should I treat bulimia?

How should I treat bulimia?

Consult a specialist: In general the treatment of bulimia could consist of a combination of psychotropic medications and psycho therapy and possibly other medical interventions. That needs to be tailored to your specific situation/condition and needs. It is very important that you get a full evaluation by a psychiatrist/therapist who will guide you through the right treatment plan. ...Read more

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How can bulimia be damaging?

Many: Potential weight gain, abdominal pain, bloating, swelling of the hands and feet, chronic sore throat, hoarseness, broken blood vessels in the eyes, swollen cheeks and salivary glands, weakness and dizziness, tooth decay and mouth sores, acid reflux or ulcers, ruptured stomach or esophagus, loss of menstrual periods.Chronic constipation from laxative abuse. ...Read more