Bulimia Summary
Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of secretive excessive eating (bingeing) followed by inappropriate methods of weight control, such as self-induced vomiting (purging), abuse of laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise. Purging and nonpurging are the two types of bulimia. There are five basic criteria in the diagnosis of bulimia.
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Bulimia facts

  • Bulimia (also called bulimia nervosa) is a psychological eating disorder.
  • Bulimia is felt to be related to a person's dissatisfaction with their own body image, although the exact cause is not known.
  • Bulimia is diagnosed according to defined criteria.
  • Bulimia can have serious medical complications.
  • The successful treatment of bulimia is often multidisciplinary, involving both medical and psychological approaches.
  • The goals of treatment are to restore physical health and normal eating patterns.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/28/2014

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