Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by binge eating and subsequent purging.
Although anyone can develop this illness, it is most common in teenage girls and young women.
This cycle of binge eating and purging can often go unnoticed, but left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. Common symptoms of binge eating include:
Over time bulimia can lead to a variety of health problems. These can include:
Bulimia can cause serious long-term health problems if it is not addressed, including damage to the heart and infertility due to irregular periods.
Treatment includes anti-depressant drugs, education about good eating habits, and various forms of therapy.
None of this will succeed, however, unless the person is committed to resolving this issue.