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Bulimia Nervosa (Overview)

Bulimia nervosa is from Greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by consuming a large amount of food in short time, then vomiting, taking a laxative or diuretic, or excessively exercising.


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What are symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

What are  symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

Possible clues: Signs of bulemia: enlarged salivary glands, bleeding into whites of eye, red spots on neck & face from vomiting, scarring of first finger joint of dominant hand from induced vomiting, chronic diarrhea. Gi complications: teeth erosions, increased blood amylase, esophagitis, tears or rupture of esophagus, dilation of stomach & upper small bowel, pancreatitis, colon dilation & pigmenting (melanosis). ...Read more

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Bulimia Nervosa (Overview)

Bulimia nervosa is from Greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by consuming a large amount of food in short time, then vomiting, taking a laxative or diuretic, or excessively exercising.


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What are the tests for bulimia nervosa?

What are the tests for bulimia nervosa?

Clinical Diagnosis: There are no specific tests for bulimia. Ultimately, it requires the person stating or being observed to regularly overeat and then purge, typically with induced vomiting or laxitives. There are some "signs" especially associated with recurrent vomiting, including loss of enamel from stomach acid. However, weight often is normal, so it's behavior that is the key. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Checklist)

Don't skip meals
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List binge triggers
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Get professional help
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Tell me everything about bulimia nervosa?

Tell me everything about bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bulimia nervosa.?

Describe the features of bulimia nervosa.?

Binge and purge: Features include binging (eating more food than normal); followed by purging (self induced vomiting). ...Read more

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What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia is dangerous: Bulimia may cause electrolyte imbalances that may lead to heart failure, as well as esophageal and gastric ruptures, all of which may be fatal. Other medical complications for bulimia include bone loss, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney disease, anemia and low white cell counts, which lowers the immune system and creates vulnerability to disease and infection. Also, gum disease, tooth decay. ...Read more

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What are common symptom of bulimia nervosa?

What are common symptom of bulimia nervosa?

Binge/purge: Recurrent episodes of binge eating accompanied by a sense of lack of control over eating during each episode and inappropriate behavior to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise. ...Read more

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What is the death rate from bulimia nervosa?

What is the death rate from bulimia nervosa?

Surprisingly High: According to the national association of anorexia nervosa and associated eating disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental disorder. The mortality rates vary considerably between studies and groups. A study published in the "american journal of psychiatry" (2009) gives the mortality rates: 4% for anorexia, 3.9% for bulimia and 5.2% for other eating disorders. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

Can you tell me the symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia: Involves binge eating (generally twice what you would normally eat) quickly, followed by guilt and a need to get rid of the weight though self induced vomiting, excessive exercise, use of laxatives, diuretics or misusing other medication. On average, these episodes occur twice weekly. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to do about bulimia nervosa?

Please tell me what to do about bulimia nervosa?

Eating disorder : If you think you have an eating disorder, call a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders and find out. They will know what you need to do if it is an eating disorder. There are also self help groups oa (overeaters anonymous ) and anorexia/ bulimia groups but a professional will know about programs near you ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bulimia nervosa?

What is the definition or description of: bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri. ...Read more

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What does it mean for family member to have bulimia nervosa?

Eating disorder: Bulimia is one manifestation of eating disorder. More specifically it is the gorging followed mostly by forced regurgitation. However, the important thing is talk to your doctor; definitions are much less important. Good luck and don't delay. Ok ? ...Read more

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What location can I find efficient information about bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa: These links might help: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/bulimia/basics/definition/con-20033050, http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.Shtml, http://www.Nationaleatingdisorders.Org/bulimia-nervosa, http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/bulimia-nervosa.Html. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting bulimia nervosa more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting bulimia nervosa more likely?

At least partly: Your genetics! but also not having a realistic body image can contribute. There may also be a problem with the satiety mechanism. ...Read more

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Why do you think bulimia nervosa was rare in women born before the 1950's?

Why do you think bulimia nervosa was rare in women born before the 1950's?

Great question!: One could speculate with the high level of comorbidity between clinical depression and bulimia nervosa(bn), as well as a higher incidence of major depression in the biological relatives of those with bn, that these individuals are predisposed to experiencing issues of self-worth. The 1960s brought the unrealistic body image into fashion resulting an a new way to express this internal turmoil. ...Read more

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How do people start becoming anorexic & bulimia nervosa?

How do people start becoming anorexic & bulimia nervosa?

Eating Disorders: Usually begins with low self worth combined with peer and cultural pressure to be thin. Read the updated articles on eating disorders on the soundmindz.Org website for education and support. Best. ...Read more

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How could i anonymously get self help for bulimia nervosa?

How could i anonymously get self help for bulimia nervosa?

It's difficult: While i understand there is a stigma toward mental illnesses, part of "recovery" starts with being open and honest about one's condition. People are just human and have human problems. I think, the most effective approach is to let one's loved ones know what we are experiencing in our lives and then, move forward with a comprensive approach. In the case of eating disorders, seek family support. ...Read more

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How could you describe somebody with anarexia and/or bulimia nervosa?

How could you describe somebody with anarexia and/or bulimia nervosa?

Missing out. Scared.: At-risk for many bad things. Can't get no satisfaction. ... To get an idea of what it's like for someone w/ an eating disorder, watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure ; satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance ; noise." watch here: http://bit.Ly/169jpxk. ...Read more

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Must a person have vomiting in order to be classified as bulimia nervosa?

No: Some form of purging is required to diagnose bulimia nervosa, but it may potentially be laxative abuse in lieu of vomiting. In actual practice, vomiting is present in the vast majority of patients diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. ...Read more

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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric 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