Bulimia, or bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder characterized by compulsive, secretive overeating or binging followed by purging through vomiting, or other compensatory behaviors. A person who suffers from Bulimia eating disorder may even purge normal amounts of food with no binging behaviors. Bulimics often abuse laxatives, diet pills and diuretics, or engage in excessive exercise in order to neutralize food intake. Similar to anorexia, bulimia is a psychological illness. Both bulimia and anorexia extend beyond the scope of out-of-control dieting. The cycle of overeating and purging can quickly become an obsession in which one loses control over the behaviors and is unable to stop the cycle.
The depression and guilt bulimics feel afterward a binge force them to go on crash diets, work out excessively, vomit, consume diuretics or laxatives, and resort to other extreme measures to compensate for their bingeing behaviors. If you or your loved one struggles with any of the following symptoms, bulimia treatment may be needed:
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