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Were you looking for information about Bulimia? Balimia is a common misspelling of bulimia.
Bulimia is an eating disorder in which someone eats a lot of food in a short amount of time and then purges the food from the body. The condition is more than just a problem with food -- it often has roots in psychological problems. Purging and other behaviors to prevent weight gain are ways for people with bulimia to feel more in control of their lives and to ease stress and anxiety.
Although there is no single known cause of bulimia, factors that may play a role in its development include biology, culture, and stressful life events or life changes. Treatment involves confronting the underlying psychological issues as well as teaching a person how to eat normally again. Medications may be used in conjunction with therapy.
(Click Bulimia for the full eMedTV article on this topic, which provides more detail about factors that can play a role in the development of bulimia, things that a person with bulimia may do in order to prevent weight gain, and problems that it may cause in a pregnant woman or her unborn child. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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