Bulimia Nervosa

Understanding the truth behind the disorder

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which people engage in bingeing and behave in ways to prevent weight gain from the binge, such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, and abuse of purging drugs (such as laxatives) (Nolen-Hoeksema, 2014).
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What are some things that trigger Bulimia Nervosa?

There is not much events that supports certain traits that causes a person to suffer with Bulimia Nervosa. Most theories believe it is related to ones self-perceptions of their body (size, shape and weight) mood, depression, and genetics. It is hard to pin point a cause because the disorder is both mental and physical. The disorder also effects individuals at all different ages, races, social classes, and genders. This is why it is very important to seek treatment as soon as bingeing and purging becomes part of your daily routine.
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What are my treatment options?

  • Psychological Therapy
  • Medications (Antidepressants)
  • Hospitalization
  • Counseling
  • Nutritional counselor

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Top 5 myths related to Bulimia Nervosa

1. Bulimia is ALWAYS associated with vomiting

Vomiting is only one method of purging-laxatives and diuretics are also used.

2. Women are the only ones that suffer with Bulimia

Men also suffer with Bulimia they are just better at hiding it.

3. children or teens will grow out of the disorder

The longer the disorder goes untreated the harder treatment will be for the individual.

4. Bulimia isn't life threatening

Bulimia causes the body to loss nutrients such as potassium and electrolytes.

The lost of these nutrients can cause conditions such as stroke, heart attack.

or stomach ulcers.

5. Dieting causes Bulimia

If you believe you or someone you love is suffering with Bulimia Nervosa be supportive and encourage them to seek help from a professional.


Bulimia Nervosa - Treatment Overview. (2005). Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/bulimia-nervosa/bulimia-nervosa-treatment-overview

McCarty, T. (2013, January 16). Top 5 Myths About Bulimia . Retrieved from Huffpost Healthy Living : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tennie-mccarty/bulimia_b_2450621.html

Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2014). Abnormal Psychology (6th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.