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What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa involves an obsessive fear of gaining weight and distorted body image manifesting itself in binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, over-exercising, laxative/diuretic abuse, or fasting. This cycle causes immense guilt and shame, further fueling these compulsions.

Individuals with bulimia nervosa are typically at a normal body weight allowing the illness to go unnoticed and causing the sufferer to feel he or she does not have a “true” eating disorder resulting in even more shame. Bulimia nervosa is associated with frequent weight fluctuation, dehydration, dental caries, tooth decay, inflamed esophagus, acid reflux, constipation, decreased gastrointestinal function, amenorrhea, fluid electrolyte imbalance, and even cardiac arrest.

Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Perhaps the most obvious symptom of Bulimia Nervosa is one’s disproportionate self-odium for one’s weight and appearance. Although those suffering from bulimia may maintain a weight that appears to be healthy, the disease is marked by the following symptoms:

  • A sense of lack of control when eating
  • Consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time
  • Consistently disappearing into the bathroom following a meal
  • Discomfort when eating in front of others
  • Often isolate and eat alone due to feelings of shame
  • Excessive exercising even to point of injury
  • Emotional dysregulation and/or intense mood swings
  • Frequent change in diet habits
  • Laxative and/or diuretic abuse

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