Is bulimia nervosa an eating disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder. Someone with bulimia nervosa eats a large amount of food and then purges it - usually by vomiting or using laxatives. Other symptoms of this disorder are too much exercise, consuming fear of weight gain, mouth problems from stomach acid, changes in menstrual cycle, heart problems, and dehydration. If you think you or your loved one might have bulimia nervosa, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which the person eats huge amount of calories. The person compensates for the excess by vomiting, using laxatives, fasting, excessive exercise or a combination of these. Symptoms may be: inflamed sore throat, acid reflux, dehydration, damaged tooth and intestinal irritation.

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