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What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of binging and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of the binge eating.

Bulimia Nervosa Statistics

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Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting.
  • A feeling of being out of control during the binge-eating episodes.
  • Self-esteem overly related to body image.

(source: National Eating Disorder Association NEDA)

Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or finding wrappers and containers indicating the consumption of large amounts of food.
  • Evidence of purging behaviors, including frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, signs and/or smells of vomiting, presence of wrappers or packages of laxatives or diuretics.
  • Excessive, rigid exercise regimen despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury; the compulsive need to “burn off” calories taken in.
  • Unusual swelling of the cheeks or jaw area.
  • Calluses on the back of the hands and knuckles from self-induced vomiting.
  • Discoloration or staining of the teeth.
  • Creation of lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge-and-purge sessions.
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities.
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicating that weight loss, dieting and control of food are becoming primary concerns.
  • Continued exercise despite injury; overuse injuries.

(source: National Eating Disorder Association NEDA)

At Walden, our continuum of care, allows us to treat individuals who might be at various stages of the illness. At each level of care, we address the needs of the whole person. We begin treatment with an in-depth understanding of each patient’s needs and develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the whole person — mind, body and spirit.

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