What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is a serious emotional eating disorder that involves eating excessive amounts of food in a short period (binging) followed by guilt and shame leading to self-induced vomiting, extreme exercise, or laxative abuse (purging). Many refer to it as the binge and purge eating disorder.
The cycle of bingeing and purging becomes more and more difficult to break despite the distress being caused. Many people suffering from bulimia are aware that their behaviors could be dangerous to their health, but are often unable to break the cycle without professional help.
Bulimia Nervosa Statistics
Bulimia nervosa is the second most common eating disorder, after binge eating disorder, in the United States. The average age of diagnosis is 15 years of age; individuals with bulimia nervosa battle this disorder for eight years, on average. Unlike anorexia nervosa, only 3.5 percent of individuals are considered underweight whereas the majority of these individuals have a normal body weight and even some are considered overweight.
Symptoms & Warning Signs
Bulimia can impact anyone, regardless of body size, gender, age and culture. That’s why it’s important to identify these warning signs that you or someone you know may be struggling with bulimia: