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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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A family-based approach showing promise in the treatment of children and teens with anorexia may be an even more effective treatment for another eating disorder -- bulimia.

What Increases Your Risk

The risk of developing 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.
  • Has a family history of substance abuse.
  • Is overweight and is starting a restrictive diet.
  • Has certain personality traits such as perfectionism.
  • Struggles with cultural and social factors such as admiring thinness.

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