Bulimia nervosa

  • Eating disorder that results in binge eating followed by excessive exercise, self-induced
  • vomiting or laxative use to prevent weight gain
  • May affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include low self-esteem, depression, changes in weight, abdominal pain
  • and absence of menstrual cycles
  • Cause unknown but may occur in persons with a history of anorexia
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in adolescence and young adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • Can be life threatening

  • Avoid weighing yourself
  • Avoid isolation; surround yourself with family and friends who want to see you get healthy

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