Bulimia In adolescence


Bulimia nervosa is a serious life threatening disorder characterized by a cycle of binging and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo for the effects of binge eating.

Warning signs in Bulimia


*unusual swelling of cheeks or jaw

*discoloration or swelling of teeth

*withdrawal from usual friends or activities

*rigid exercise despite injury.

About Bulimia in adolescents and in the world

Bulimia affects 1-2% of adolescence and young adult women. It's more common in girls. This can occur more in adolescent girl due to the want to be perfect and fit in with the of the high school or middle school society and trends e.g.( being skinny)


* Eating a very large amount of food, followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain such as vomiting .

* A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.

* Self-esteem overly related to body image.

Health consequences

* can damage entire nervous system

*purging behaviors lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances.

* irregular heart beats or heart failure or even death.

*rupture of the esophagus

Steps to get help

*ask for help

*find a specialist

*adress health problems

*make a long term treatment plan

*go to counseling for eating disorders/ support group

*learn new coping skills (improve self image)


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*"Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery." : Tips and Strategies for Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.