Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. Binge eating refers to eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time. Purging refers to the attempts to get rid of the food consumed. This may be done by vomiting or taking laxatives.
Bulimia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder and can lead to additional conditions that can become just as dangerous.
If you have bulimia, you’re probably preoccupied with your weight and body shape. You may judge yourself severely and harshly for self-perceived flaws. Because it’s related to self-image — and not just about food — bulimia can be hard to overcome. But effective treatment can help you feel better about yourself, adopt healthier eating patterns and reverse serious complications.