Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating, consuming large quantities of food in a way that feels out of control. The binge is followed by some form of purging, designed to prevent weight gain.

Common Purging Behaviors

  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Laxative abuse
  • Diuretic abuse
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise


Important Facts

  • Occurs in both women and men
  • Typically develops in late adolescence to early adulthood
  • Usually preceded by dieting behavior
  • Individuals can be of average or above-average weight
  • Self-evaluation unduly influenced by size and weight
  • Complex lifestyle develops to accommodate eating disorder behaviors
  • Ongoing feelings of isolation, self-deprecating thoughts, depression and low self-esteem
  • Often, there is at least some recognition of the behavior as abnormal
  • Bulimia help and bulimia treatment are available
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