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Bulimia (also known as bulimia nervosa) is an eating disorder. A person with this condition eats a lot of food in a short amount of time (a practice called bingeing) and then purges the food from the body (usually by throwing up). The binge eating and purging both occur, on average, at least twice a week for three months.
Possible symptoms of bulimia include:
- Eating an excessive amount of food
- Lack of control over eating
- Self-induced vomiting
- Misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications
- Excessive exercise.
This eating disorder can be very harmful to the body, affecting the heart, bones, and teeth, among other things. It may also affect a woman's menstrual cycle and complicate a pregnancy. While there is no single known cause of bulimia, it often has roots in psychological problems. Treating bulimia typically involves confronting the underlying psychological issues that contribute to the eating disorder, as well as teaching a person how to eat normally again.
(Click Bulimia to learn more about this eating disorder, including factors that may play a role in causing it, information about treatment, and tips for providing support to others with the condition. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)