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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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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