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Bulimia Nervosa Health Center

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder that involves bingeing on food followed by purging, can cause gum disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease, heart disease, and death. Bulimia affects mostly women and teens.

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What Increases Your Risk

The risk for bulimia or another eating disorder is greatest if a person:3

  • Has a biological parent, brother, or sister who has an eating disorder or who is overweight or obese.
  • Is overly concerned with weight or struggles with symptoms of depression.
  • Is overweight and is starting a restrictive diet.
  • Has certain personal traits such as perfectionism.
  • Struggles with cultural and social factors such as admiring thinness.

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