Bulimia nervosa, also known as bulimia, is a very serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with bulimia usually binge in secret, often eating large amounts of food, and then purge by trying to get rid of the food in an unhealthy way.
To get rid of unwanted calories and prevent weight gain, people with bulimia may use methods such as vomiting, misuse of laxatives, weight-loss supplements, diuretics, or enemas after bingeing. They may use other methods such as fasting or excessive exercise after bingeing to get rid of the calories.
People with bulimia often are preoccupied with their body shape and weight. Bulimia can be hard to overcome, as it’s more than just weight gain. It is linked to self-image and psychological thought processes.
Bulimia is more common in women than in men, and generally it starts in adolescence. About 3% of female adolescents have bulimia in America, with 5.7% having bulimia some time in their life. For males the numbers are lower at 0.1 -0.5%.