Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by two main behaviors. These include binging on large amounts of food in a discrete period of time, often including high fat or high calorie foods, and then purging in an attempt to compensate for binge eating. While some incorrectly assume that this purging can only include self-induced vomiting. These purging behaviors of bulimia include laxative abuse, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise and use of diuretics or enemas.
Most individuals suffering from bulimia are preoccupied with their weight and body shape. They generally have a negative self-image and will judge themselves harshly over perceived flaws. During bingeing episodes, individuals will typically feel a loss of self-control followed by intense, overwhelming guilt and shame leading to the application of purging behaviors.
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