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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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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


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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

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How to know if I have bulimia?

How to know if I have bulimia?

Do you binge/purge?: Bulimia symptoms include eating large amounts of food in a short time (bingeing) and then compensating by purging either by vomiting, using laxatives, over-exercising or restricting. People with bulimia also are preoccupied with their weight and feel a tremendous amount of shame for their behavior, which is often secretive. The good news is that there is help and you can recover from bulimia. ...Read more

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How can bulimia be a "disease?

How can bulimia be a "disease?

Eating Disorders: In general, eating disorders need thorough evaluation by a mental health counselor to determine the type, extent, and comorbidity issues, which will guide toward appropriate interventions. Therapy involves cognitive therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, evaluation for possible medications for comorbid conditions, dietary consult, & referral to an eating program depending on severit. ...Read more

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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

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What are the causes of bulimia?

What are the causes of bulimia?

Several causes: Bulimia is a multifactorial disorder, causes include genetic, psychological, biological, social and environmental. Eating disorders are a phenomenon of newer world with pressures from tv, movies and stress of maintaining body shape. ...Read more

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How can I get help for bulimia?

Make an appointment: You need to find a therapist or psychiatrist in your area that has experience in this area. And that is easy to do. When you call any office, you can ask if that person has expertise in the area of eating disorders. ...Read more

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What causes bulimia in someone?

What causes bulimia in someone?

Unknown: Bulimia remains a mystery in terms of underlying causes. There almost certainly is a social aspect--goes back to roman times where vomiting was an expected part of feasts, and is more prevalent when social standards value extreme thinness. However, why it becomes a compulsive habit in some and not others remains unclear, as does the robust reduction in purging antidepressants can produce. ...Read more

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What are signs of being bulimia?

What are signs of being bulimia?

Binge and purge: Bulimia requires the presence of episodes of binge eating, which has to do with eating large quantities of food within a short period of time. Also, there are behaviors wich focus on trying to get rid of these calories as quickly as possible through self-induced vomiting, excessive laxative use, or other efforts and "purging" the calories that have been eaten. ...Read more

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How can people die from bulimia?

Yes you can: Yes you can die from bulimia. Without treatment, this “binge and purge” cycle can lead to serious, long-term health problems. Acid in the mouth from vomiting can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and loss of tooth enamel. Any type of purging can lead to bone thinning (osteoporosis), kidney damage, heart problems, or even death. ...Read more

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How does bulimia affect the body?

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How does bulimia affect the body?

Eating do: Anorexia & bulimia lead to complications as noted in the diagram. ...Read more

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What can bulimia do to your body?

Bulimia: Bulimia can ultimately cause death. Along the way, it can cause: cheek swelling/soreness; gum disease; tooth enamel erosion ; cavities; throat irritation; ruptured esophagus; GI bleeding; stomach pain ; delayed emptying; fatigue; anemia; irregular heartbeats; heart failure; dehydration; electrolyte disturbances; irregular/absent menses; abdominal cramping http://tinyurl.Com/34sc4p. ...Read more