Psych M.D. - Bulimia Nervosa


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Term: Bulimia Nervosa
Definition (Myers): an eating disorder characterized by episodes of overeating, usually of high-calorie foods, followed by vomiting, laxative use, fasting or excessive exercise.
Definition (alternative): An eating disorder, common especially among young women of normal or nearly normal weight, that is characterized by episodic binge eating and followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation. It is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, dieting, or fasting. Also called Bulimarexia, bulimia. Dictionary.com
Contextual explanation: Bulimia is caused partly by depression or feelings of having lack of control. People with Bulimia may use this pattern of eating and then vomiting or excessively exercising because they want to know they can control their lives. They may overeat, binge-eat when they are depressed or distressed, and then feel guilt about all the huge quantities of food they consumed. So, they may force themselves to vomit, use laxatives, or excessively exercise. This constant cycle may lead to serious problems such as dehydration, oral trauma, cardiac arrest, Esophagitis, Pancreatitis, Perimolysis, Swelling of salivary glands, Tearing of the esophagus (after constant vomiting over a long period of time), and many others severe illnesses.
Related terms and concepts: Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Orthorexia Nervosa

Psych M.D. - Bulimia Nervosa - The Neuron
Related websites:

eMedicine-Bulimia
Mental Health- Eating Disorders
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