Bulimia Nervosa

Individuals with BN engage in binge eating episodes, followed by compensatory behaviors to prevent any increases in body weight. Purging behaviors include self-induced vomiting or self-prescribed use of enemas, laxatives, or diuretics. Nonpurging behaviors include fasting and excessive exercise. While clinically diagnosed BN occurs in approximately 5% of the female population, up to 20% of women have reported bulimic behaviors in their lifetimes [6, 7]. Clinical features of BN include Russell's sign, dental enamel erosion, dental caries, and enlargement of the parotid glands in those who use self-induced vomiting as a purging behavior. Use of enemas, laxatives, and diuretics as well as vomiting can lead to electrolyte imbalances, cardiac dysfunction, and other neurologic disorders. Gastrointestinal symptoms may range from constipation to esophageal or gastric rupture. In those who engage in nonpurging behaviors, electrolyte imbalances, renal and cardiac dysfunction, and gastrointestinal disorders are common. Mortality occurs in less than 10% of individuals with BN [8].

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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