Bulimia Nervosa and Treatment
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binging and purging in an attempt to lose weight. Individuals with bulimia typically consume large amounts of food and then induce vomiting to rid their bodies of the calories. Other forms of “purging” may include excessive exercise or abuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas. The eating disorder affects up to 4 percent of women, mostly teenage girls, though a growing number of men and older women are suffering from this illness as well.