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Bulimia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder that is characterized by cycles of binging and purging and can be fatal if left untreated. Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa will binge, or consume large amounts of calories from food that are higher amounts that what most people would eat. Afterwards, they will purge, or attempt to quickly remove the recently consumed calories by self-induced vomiting, fasting, taking laxatives, diuretics or excessive exercising. If you are suffering from or know someone who is suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, you should consult professional medical help immediately.


Bulimia Nervosa is increasingly common in the United States and affects 2-3 out of every 100 American women. Frequent dieters are 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder. Of those suffering with Bulimia Nervosa, 64% are within a normal weight range and 84% have some college education. About a quarter of Bulimia Nervosa sufferers are male. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa can die from heart attacks, low electrolytes, or suicide.


Mental symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa include: constant dieting, feeling that you can’t control your eating, eating until the point of discomfort, eating much more food in a binge episode than in a normal meal, exercising for hours on end, misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas, being preoccupied with your body shape and weight, having a distorted, excessively negative body image, going to the bathroom after eating or during meals, hoarding food, depression and anxiety. Physical symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa: abnormal bowel functioning, damaged teeth and gums, swollen salivary glands in the cheeks, sores in the throat and mouth, bloating, dehydration, fatigue, dry skin, irregular heartbeat, sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands, menstrual irregularities or loss of menstruation.

What You Should Do

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above or if you think you have Bulimia Nervosa or know someone who does, then you should seek medical treatment immediately from a healthcare professional. Most sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa who receive medical treatment have a full recovery. Psychotherapy including talk therapy has been very effective at successfully treating Bulimia Nervosa. Treatment may also include anti-depressants to help prevent the feelings of depression and anxiety that can lead to binging and purging, or nutritional therapy to help you devise a long-term, healthy eating plan.


There are also many support groups for those suffering from Bulimia Nervosa. The website www.nationaleatingdisorders.org can provide you with a comprehensive list of support groups and treatment professionals in your local area. There are also online group forums that offer support to those who are suffering or know someone with Bulimia Nervosa.



While Bulimia Nervosa is becoming increasingly common among American women, it is a serious medical condition that if left untreated can result in death. Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by binging on large quantities of food and afterwards purging by forced vomiting, fasting, laxatives, diuretics or over-exercising. Those suffering from Bulimia Nervosa are also frequently suffering with feelings of depression and anxiety. If you think you may be suffering from or know someone with Bulimia Nervosa, you should consult a medical professional immediately. Bulimia Nervosa has a high rate recovery with medical treatment such as psychotherapy, antidepressants and nutritional therapy.

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