is Bulimia Nervosa?
Nervosa is an eating disorder which, unlike Anorexia Nervosa, does
not necessarily involve weight loss. The person can be of normal
weight or even overweight.
are the symptoms?
sufferer repeatedly eats in binges. In a binge episode the patient
consumes much more food than normal, often of high calorie and starchy
food, and they feel that their eating is out of control. They repeatedly
control weight gain by inappropriate means such as fasting, self-induced
vomiting, excessive exercise or abuse of laxatives, diuretics or
other drugs. They are very concerned about their weight and physical
appearance, and often have very poor self-esteem.
The more common type of Bulimia is the “purging” type
in which the person often induces vomiting or misuses diuretics
or laxatives. In the less common “non-purging” type
they fast or exercise excessively but do not often induce vomiting
or misuse diuretics or laxatives.
long does it last?
Bulimia Nervosa begins in late adolescence or early adult life,
and persists for several years. It can become chronic and can relapse,
although it can resolve. There is little data on the long-term outcome.
is the treatment?
has been used effectively, normally on an out patient basis. Except
in the most severe cases, in patient treatment is not usually necessary.