Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa facts

  • Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by episodes of binging and purging the food and or associated calories.
  • Bulimia is a significant public-health problem, both because of the physical and mental health effects it can have. This illness often co-occurs with body dysmorphic disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance-abuse disorders.
  • While there is no known specific cause for bulimia, family history and environmental stressors are thought to contribute to the development of the illness.
  • Adolescents are most at risk for developing bulimia, as statistics show that about three-quarters of people who develop the illness do so before they reach 22 years of age, most often at 15 to 16 years of age.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is thought to be somewhat superior to other forms of psychotherapy in treating this eating disorder.
  • Medication, nutritional counseling, and family therapy are also often part of the treatment for bulimia.
  • The potential complications of bulimia can be severe and affect virtually every organ system.
  • Only about 45% of people with bulimia fully recover, but recovery is more likely with treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014

Drunkorexia, Manorexia, Diabulimia: New Eating Disorders?

In recent weeks, I have read media reports that mentioned both "drunkorexia" and "manorexia." I have fielded questions about "diabulimia" from coworkers and friends. From the sound of these terms, it appears that there are a lot of new and recently discovered eating disorders.

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