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.
Bingeing, purging. 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.
Bulimia. Bulimia is an eating disorder. In it, a person eats large amounts of food and then forces herself/himself to vomit it back up. This may happen many times a day, enough to cause dehydration, loss of body electrolytes, heart rhythm disturbances, destruction of tooth enamel, etc. There may also be purging with laxatives and diuretics. It's a dangerous illness and needs help.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

I need to know what is bulimia disorder?

Bulimia. Bulimia is an eating disorder which is characterized by binges of eating followed by purging behaviors including vomiting and the use of laxatives. See the link below for more details.En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/bulimia_nervosa. Read more...

I want to know about bulimia please answer questions what is bulimia?

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...
Bingeing, purging. 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...

What to do if my friend; please help me understand this condition. What causes bulimia?

Needs a therapist. We don't know the cause of bulimia. It is a condition where a person for various reasons may begin over eating and then try to compensate by vomiting up the excess food. It then becomes a habit that is hard to break. Psychotherapy is the way for your friend to understand herself and learn different ways to handle her urges to eat or vomit. Sometimes medication is helpful as well. Read more...

What is bulimia vs anorexia?

Similar, Different. Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. Read more...
Often mixed up. People often mistakenly believe that if you purge (vomit) you have bulimia, but you could have the purging form of anorexia. In general, people with bulimia are of average or higher than average weight. For more details see my lengthy blog and answers on this exact subject at www.Kartiniclinic.Com and click on "kartini blog, " see "most popular blogs". The subject can be complex. Read more...