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Bulimia nervosa, commonly called bulimia, is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Those with bulimia eat excessive amounts of food, then rid their bodies of the food by vomiting, using laxatives, or over-exercising. They often fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape. If you or someone you know is suffering from bulimia, understanding more about it can help you cope. This section contains information about what bulimia is, its symptoms, and how it can be diagnosed. Because bulimia is related to self-image and is not just about food, it can be difficult to overcome. With effective treatment, it’s possible for a person with bulimia to rebuild his or her self-image, adopt healthier eating patterns and reverse serious health complications. For those who suspect a friend or family member has bulimia, it can be tough to know what to do. The Tips for Helping Someone With Bulimia page can give you some guidance to help you support your loved one.

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Warning signs and symptoms of bulimia include: An obsessive attitude towards food and eating A distorted and overcritical attitude to body weight and shape Binge eating, usually in secret Vomiting after bingeing Frequent visits to the bathroom after eating to throw up Abuse of laxatives, diuretics and diet pills after eating Compulsiv

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Bulimia nervosa, commonly called bulimia, is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Those with bulimia eat excessive amounts of food, then rid their bodies of the food by vomiting, using laxatives, or over-exercising. Often acting in secrecy, they feel guilty as they binge, yet relieved of those negative emotions once their stomachs are empty again. This cycle usually

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If you have symptoms of bulimia and are concerned that you may have an eating disorder, the first step is to recognise that you may have a problem and visit your doctor. During your appointment, your doctor will typically perform: A complete physical exam Blood and urine tests A psychological evaluation, including a discussion of your eating habits and attit

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Someone with bulimia can get better by learning healthy eating patterns and how to cope with their thoughts and feelings. Treatment for bulimia uses a combination of options, which include psychotherapy, nutritional advice and medications. Psychotherapy: Two types of psychotherapy have been shown to be effective for bulimia. These are: Cognitive Behavioura

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It can be tough to know what to do if you suspect a friend or family member has bulimia. The best thing you can do is to talk to the person about your concerns, as bulimia has serious physical and emotional consequences and should never be ignored. While your loved one may get defensive and deny bingeing and purging, there’s a chance that he or she will welcome the opportunit

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