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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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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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I think my bulimia might be coming back, what do I do?

I think my bulimia might be coming back, what do I do?

See your doctor: If concerned that your bulimia is relapsing, by all means see your doctor. If you still have a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist, please tell them what's happening. This is not uncommon, as old behaviors can show up under stress. You may need to return to treatment for a time so you can get back on the path to recovery. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I think my bulimia might be coming back, what do I do?

I think my bulimia might be coming back, what do I do?

Seek treatment: If your bulimia is returning and it is interfering in your life, please seek treatment. Bulimia can cause many health and emotional problems. The good thing is that since your bulimia went away in the past, it can go away again. Early treatment will help a lot. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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I think my bulimia is coming back, who can I prevent this?

Bulimia: Need to resume your psychotherapy sessions, and possibly talk with your therapist about more frequent sessions until stable again. Good luck to u. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get help if i think I have bulimia?

Wanted to know where can I get help if i think I have bulimia?

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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Hello, I think I have bulimia, sometimes I really can't stop eating when I'm not hungry it may happen like in once in a month...

Hello, I think I have bulimia, sometimes I really can't stop eating when I'm not hungry it may happen like in once in a month...

Bulimia: Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder associated with pre-occupation with weight/shape, fear of weight gain, inability to control eating, binge eating followed by methods to lose weight such as forced vomiting, laxative abuse and/or excessive exercise and can be associated with various medical and dental problems. If this sounds familiar to you, visit your doctor for an appropriate referral. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sthat when people think eating disorder, they mostly think anorexia or bulimia?

Can you please tell me why it'sthat when people think eating disorder, they mostly think anorexia or bulimia?

The media: Anorexia and bulimia are more well known b/c they have been more publicized in the media. Binge eating disorder is actually more common in both women and men and is starting to be recognized as a legitimate disorder in addition to the others which can cause significant physical health problems and functional impairment. ...Read more

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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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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?

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