What is Bulimia?
Bulimia, or bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating episodes that are followed by purging, commonly done through self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, or over-exercising.
There is no known cause of bulimia, but research shows it is highly likely that this condition stems from a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, social and behavioral factors.
- An obsession with food and the process of eating
- Low self-esteem
- Severe dehydration
- Rapid fluctuations in body weight
- A sore or inflamed throat, usually accompanied by poor oral health
- Stressful life changes
Am I at risk?
A person may be at risk for developing bulimia if:
- A close family member has bulimia nervosa
- They have a history of dieting, or aggressively trying to control weight
- They obsessive or exhibit self-oriented perfectionism
Bulimia At A Glance
- Bulimia nervosa is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
- Most researchers believe that this disorder will affect between 1 and 4 percent of females and 0.1 and 0.5 percent of males.
- Women between the ages of 15 and 20 are most susceptible to this disorder.