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Bulimia

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Introduction
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder and mental health condition where someone is binge eating, then making themselves vomit or using laxatives to purge the food from their body.
Symptoms of bulimia
The main symptoms of bulimia are binge eating and purging (ridding your body of food by making yourself vomit or taking laxatives).
Causes of bulimia
There is no simple answer to the question of what causes bulimia. Although the condition is linked to a fear of getting fat, more complex emotions usually contribute.
Diagnosing bulimia
If you have an eating disorder such as bulimia, the first step is to recognise that you have a problem and visit your GP.
Treating bulimia
You can recover from bulimia, but it may be a long and difficult process. The first step towards getting better is recognising the problem and seeking help.
Complications of bulimia
There are a number of physical complications associated with bulimia, including dental problems, irregular periods and bad skin.
'Bulimia isn't a women’s disease; it’s a people's disease'
Steve Blacknell, 55, used to sneak into the kitchen in the middle of the night to eat in secret. He has been a recovering bulimic for 20 years.
'I knew it had to stop because I was living a dual life'
Liselle Terret, 38, had bulimia between the age of 14 and 23.“I was struggling a bit at school and I wasn’t very happy at home. It was classic 'middle-child
'I went into hospital with a ruptured bile duct from vomiting so much'
Mary Black, 48, who runs a small business in the Midlands, battled with bulimia for several years but eventually found the road to recovery."I think my bulimia
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