What is bulimia nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder marked by recurring episodes of binging – consumption of excessive amounts of food in a short period of time – followed by compensatory behavior designed to “undo” the impact of the binge episode.
What are the two types of bulimia?
There are two types of bulimia:
- Purging Type – When the binge episode is followed by self-induced vomiting or misuse of laxatives or diuretics. This is the most common form of bulimia.
- Non-Purging Type – When the binge episode is followed by excessive exercise or fasting.
In bulimia, body image plays a central role as individuals have an intense preoccupation with their body shape and weight, often with a distorted self-image. This fixation can trigger cycles of binge eating and purging in an attempt to achieve or maintain a specific appearance. Secretive behavior is a common aspect of the disorder, as those affected often go to great lengths to hide their binge-eating and purging habits due to shame and embarrassment. This secrecy perpetuates the cycle and makes it challenging for loved ones to recognize the problem, hindering early intervention and treatment.
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