Demystifying bulimia nervosa
Bulimic behaviour takes place in secret. This isolation helps to perpetuate the destructive bulimic cycle. People with this disorder are typically of normal weight or overweight. Many individuals suffering from bulimia have histories of chronic restrictive dieting.
A. Recurrence of binge eating
Bulimia has the following two characteristics:
1) Ingestion, in a limited period of time (ex.: less than two hours) of a quantity of food far greater than the amount most people would ingest in a similar period of time and in the same circumstances.
2) Feeling a loss of control over eating behaviour during the episode (ex.: feeling unable to control what you eat or the quantity you eat).
B. Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviour aimed at preventing weight gain, such as: induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or other medications; fasting; excessive physical exercise.
C. Binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviours both occur, on average, at least once a week over a three-month period.
D. Self-esteem is excessively influenced by weight and body shape.
E. The problem does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.
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