What is bulimia?
Bulimia nervosa, commonly known as bulimia, is characterised by a cycle of binge eating, where excessive amounts of food are eaten in a short period of time, and then purging, where the food or impact of the calories is removed through vomiting, using large amounts of laxatives or diuretics or sometimes over-exercising, fasting or crash diets. This binge-purge cycle comes with a feeling of being out of control and a desire to eat food to the point of being in pain. The purging is used not only as an attempt to remove the food and/or calories, but it also reduces the anxiety and guilt that is felt because of the binge eating. There are two types of bulimia: the purging type who use purging activities such as self-induced vomiting, taking laxative or diuretics; and the non-purging type, who use activities such as fasting or over exercising to compensate for the food consumed.
Bulimia is a more common eating disorder than anorexia with rates of bulimia in Australia of 1% of men and 6.4% of women. The onset age for bulimia is at 20 years, which is older than that of anorexia. It is common for those with anorexia to later develop bulimia in young adulthood and 40% of anorexics later develop bulimia. Bulimia does occur in men, however it is much more common in women with at a ratio of 10:1.
You may find it useful to read the stories of other people who have had bulimia and what they did to overcome it.
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Recovering from bulimia
It’s good to know that recovery from bulimia is possible with the right treatment.
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