Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. It’s estimated that 4.7 million women and 1.5 million men are currently struggling with bulimia in the United States.
The disorder is characterized by a cycle of binge eating and ten compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or taking laxity to combat the effects of weight gain and binge eating. Bulimia is a disorder acknowledged by the American Psychiatric Association. The criteria for the condition as written in the DSM-5 are as follows:
Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
Adapted from NCPG/SOGS and DSM-5
Responses should be based on behavior over the past 90 days
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Bulimia Nervosa is often present with emotional, behavioral, and physical symptomatology. It can develop at any age, and its causes are influenced by a variety of factors.
Emotional and Behavioral Characteristics Include:
Physical Symptoms of Bulimia may include:
The eating disorder can account for more than unhealthy weight loss. It is important to note that individuals struggling with bulimia may not be thin and could be overweight. Being active in eating disorder behaviors for an extended period can increase an individual’s risk for cancer, infertility, and kidney failure.
If you or someone you know is struggling with bulimia or any of its symptoms, helping them get eating disorder treatment could save their life. People with eating disorders are in danger of many health risks and complications. There are many different treatment options for those struggling with weight, binge eating, purging, and other mental health disorders. Struggling with an eating disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s vital that you reach out for help. If someone you love is in denial about the severity of their illness, reach out to Heather Fisher Recovery Services today for a free consultation to see how we can find the best care for your loved one.