What is Bulimia?
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized constant preoccupation with weight and body image, resulting in behaviors such as binging and purging, laxative use, excessive exercise, and other means to control caloric intake. Sufferers may be able to maintain their weight for years without anyone around them knowing about their condition.
Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge eating and eating until painfully full
- Going to the bathroom during or after meals
- Vomiting after meals
- Exercising excessively
- Using laxatives, diuretics or enemas to control weight
- Restricting calories and/or avoiding certain foods between binges
- Mouth sores or sore throat
- Worn tooth enamel
It is not uncommon for bulimia nervosa to occur with other psychiatric disorders, such as depression. A combination of psychotherapy, nutrition therapy, and medications can help individuals overcome bulimia nervosa.