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Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa


Bulimia is a serious mental health problem. Girls and women get it more than men. People with bulimia cannot stick to a healthy eating pattern. They eat a lot at once and then punish themselves by starving, making themselves sick, taking laxatives or over-exercising. This may lead to other physical problems such as tooth decay, constipation and intestinal damage as well as heart and kidney disease.


If you are a teenager, hormone changes, lack of confidence and problems like bullying can trigger the disorder. Bingeing on food make you feel that you have control over your life. Some people think anorexia is caused by the media and fashion. In some cultures it is fashionable to be slim. People with bulimia feel they can only be happy if they look like photos in the media.

Signs & Symptoms

Some of the symptoms are:

  • eating uncontrollably
  • purging
  • strict dieting
  • fasting
  • vigorous exercise
  • vomiting or abusing laxatives
  • vomiting blood
  • using the bathroom frequently after meals
  • preoccupation with body weight
  • depression or mood swings
  • swollen glands in the neck and face
  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • indigestion
  • constipation
  • irregular periods
  • dental problems
  • sore throat
  • weakness
  • exhaustion
  • bloodshot eyes


There is no known way to prevent bulimia nervosa. Knowing the signs and treating it right away can help prevent complications.


The most successful treatment for bulimia is talking to a mental health specialist. They can help you with your emotional needs and taking control of your eating. Counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy are often successful.

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