Bulimia is an eating disorder where individuals engage in episodes of binge-eating followed by compensatory behaviors like vomiting or excessive exercise to prevent weight gain.
What are the symptoms of bulimia?
Symptoms of bulimia include binge-eating, purging behaviors (such as vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse), preoccupation with body weight and shape, and feeling out of control around food.
Who is at risk for bulimia?
Anyone can develop bulimia, but it is more common in women and young adults. Genetic, environmental, and psychological factors may contribute to the development of the disorder.
How is bulimia treated?
Treatment for bulimia usually involves a combination of medical care, psychotherapy, and nutritional counseling. Medications may also be prescribed. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.