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Recurring pattern of binge eating followed by dangerous compensatory behaviors in an effort to counteract or "undo" the calories consumed during the binge.
People with bulimia often feel trapped in this cycle of dysregulated eating, and there is a risk for major medical consequences associated with bulimic behaviors.
Research has provided varying results but conservative estimates regarding bulimia indicate that about 1.5% of women and .5% of men will have bulimia at some point in their lifetime.
In certain populations, prevalence rates are much higher, such as on college campuses where up to 20% of college-age females endorse symptoms of bulimia.
Recurrent episodes of binge eating
Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviors (such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, fasting, or excessive exercise) in order to prevent weight gain
The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least 1x/week for 3 months.
Self-esteem is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.
Unlike with anorexia, individuals with bulimia often realize that they have a problem and may feel very embarrassed or ashamed about their behavior
The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles can affect the entire digestive system and lead to electrolyte imbalances that affect the heart, lead to tooth decay (from stomach acid), swollen glands, ulcers, infertility, dehydration and constipation.
Difficult to detect because patients are often of normal weight and may not disclose their abnormal eating behaviors.
Sometimes adhering to a rigid exercise regimen - often accompanying periods of fasting to counteract or "prepare" for binge episodes. This behavior is sometimes referred to as "exercise bulimia"