Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder. People who have bulimia are overly concerned with weight and body image. They eat large amounts of food (called binge eating) and use inappropriate means to rid their bodies of the food (called purging) or excessive calories. Purging may be done through vomiting, laxatives, or water pills. Excessive exercise or fasting may replace or be used along with purging. This cycle of binge eating and purging is used to prevent weight gain.
Bulimia nervosa fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/bulimia-nervosa.html. Updated July 16, 2012. Accessed May 5, 2016.
What are eating disorders? National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml. Updated February, 2016 Accessed May 5, 2016.
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