Who is at risk for bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa occurs in at least 1% of the population, with approximately a three to one predominance in females. Like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa is most common in young adults and teens. In contrast, however, those with bulimia are not underweight and may more effectively hide their condition from friends and family.
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Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse are all risk factors for developing bulimia nervosa. People who suffer from bulimia are more likely than others to have parents with substance abuse or mental health struggles. Participation in activities that generally require slenderness can also contribute to the development of bulimia.

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