Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that involves a pattern of bingeing and purging. The person may eat a lot of food at once and then try to get rid of it by vomiting, using laxatives, or sometimes over-exercising.

People with bulimia are preoccupied with their weight and body image.

Many people with bulimia can stay at a normal weight, so they may be able to keep their condition secret for years. If not treated, bulimia can lead to problems from not getting enough nutrition. It can cause life-threatening complications.

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Review Date: 4/9/2018  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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