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Bulimia (also known as bulimia nervosa) is an eating disorder characterized by cycles of binging and purging. People with the condition often eat a great deal of food in a short amount of time and then purge it from the body.
Possible bulimia symptoms include:
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas
  • Fasting
  • Excessive exercise.
Bulimia is more than just a problem with food -- it often has roots in psychological problems. Treating the disorder involves addressing these underlying psychological issues, as well as teaching a person how to eat normally again.
(Click Bulimia for more information, including possible causes, long-term health consequences, and how to help someone with the condition.)
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