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Eating Disorders - Bulimia Nervosa

What is it?

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the person affected repeatedly binge eats and then vomits (to get rid of the food and avoid putting on weight). The person will control their weight and shape through voluntary vomiting, as well as abusing laxatives and appetite suppressants, and starvation. The person affected is aware of their eating disorder. However, the problem is not as visible as Anorexia Nervosa, as those who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa usually have a normal body weight.


Who does it affect?

Bulimia Nervosa occurs at an older age than Anorexia Nervosa, and most commonly affects young women.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • Sore throat, mouth infections and dental problems.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Voluntary vomiting, abusing laxatives or appetite suppressants.
  • Depression and mood swings, as well as feelings of guilt after binging.
  • A preoccupation with fat, dieting, body shape and weight.
  • Repeated vomiting can lead to weakness, abnormalities of heart rhythm (can be fatal), kidney damage, erosion of teeth and swelling of Salivary Gland.
  • Many of the symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa.

What is the treatment for Bulimia Nervosa?

Treatment may include the use of medication. The person may undergo Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to overcome their faulty way of thinking. The aim will be to allow the person control over eating without binging, and to restore and maintain a healthy eating pattern.


This information was supplied by Bodywhys

Support on campus is provided by the Health Promotion Office, the Medical Centre, the Counsellor Centre, and the Chaplaincy Team



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