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Understanding Bulimia: The Basics

What Causes Bulimia?

Pressures and conflicts within the family are thought to be the primary cause of this eating disorder. If you have bulimia, it's likely you're an overachiever and perfectionist and feel you can't live up to the expectations of your parents, family, or peers.

You may have problems with:

  • Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Have been physically or sexually abused as a child; about half of all bulimics report a history of abuse

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 14, 2013

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