Eating Disorder (Bulimia Nervosa)

Soohyun Kim

Full Definition

a mental disorder that affects how you feel about your body and how you eat. You tend to eat a lot of food in a short period of time (binge eating).

Who Does It Impact?

Bulimia nervosa affects between 1% and 4% of women in Canada.

  • Women
  • Young people
  • Family members
  • People with other mental disorders
  • People with certain ways of coping or thinking about themselves
  • People who diet
  • People from certain cultures or careers

Symptoms

While you eat, you might feel like you can’t control how much you eat. You also might feel good while you are eating. When you’re finished eating, however, you might be scared that you’ll gain weight. Accordingly, you might try to purge the food. People living with bulimia may feel like they are much bigger than they really are or feel like they would be a better person if they were thin.

Treatment

Get support from few different professionals and receive regular check-ups to treat physical health problems.

  • Counselling
  • Nutritional help
  • Support groups
  • Hospitalization
  • Medication
  • Self-help