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Symptoms of Eating Disorders: Bulimia Nervosa

Abstract: An eating disorder, in which compulsive overeating is combined with compensatory activities, resulting in normal or somewhat less than normal weight.

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Symptoms of Eating Disorders: Bulimia Nervosa

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 29 Apr 2010.

What are the symptoms of eating disorders for Bulimia Nervosa?


Bulimia nervosa is a common eating disorder. It is most common among young women, where 1-2% are affected. It is characterized by a craving for food, where you rapidly wolf down much more food than your body needs. People with bulimia sometimes cannot stop themselves from eating more and more. More or less successful methods are then used by the individual to prevent an increase in weight e.g.:

With self-purging:

Without self-purging:

Bulimics are frequently able to maintain normal weight or slightly less than normal weight despite their eating disorder, but there are also those with drastic swings in weight. Bulimics usually alternate between compulsive eating and periods of getting rid of the food and fat using different methods.

The fasting or vomiting usually ends with renewed hunger, causing a new period of frenzied eating.

People with Bulimia often feel that they are unable to control their own eating.

People who have these symptoms, but weigh much less than normal, are usually classified as suffering from anorexia, or bulimic anorexia, not bulimia.

Causes Treatment of bulimia nervosa.

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