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Is bulimia associated with prior child abuse?
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Good question
Child abuse in many settings can lead to poor self esteem, self deprecation, diminished self worth, or post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders.
All of these could manifest later in bulimia, among many other problems.

In brief: Good question
Child abuse in many settings can lead to poor self esteem, self deprecation, diminished self worth, or post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders.
All of these could manifest later in bulimia, among many other problems.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. William Holmes
Not all people with bulimia were victims of abuse, but bulimia does occur more commonly in people who experience abuse or trauma in childhood.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Sometimes
Childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor for bulimic behavior in some studies.
Between one sixth and one third of the cases of significant bulimia could be attributed to childhood sexual abuse.In an Australian, population-based, longitudinal cohort study, the incidence of bulimic, but not anorexia nervosa, syndromes in teenaged girls was linked to childhood sexual abuse.

In brief: Sometimes
Childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor for bulimic behavior in some studies.
Between one sixth and one third of the cases of significant bulimia could be attributed to childhood sexual abuse.In an Australian, population-based, longitudinal cohort study, the incidence of bulimic, but not anorexia nervosa, syndromes in teenaged girls was linked to childhood sexual abuse.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: More Common
Previous child abuse is a risk factor for eating disorders including bulimia.
However, not everyone with bulimia has experienced childhood abuse.

In brief: More Common
Previous child abuse is a risk factor for eating disorders including bulimia.
However, not everyone with bulimia has experienced childhood abuse.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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