Bulimia can develop after a person has followed a very restrictive diet. Binging may also be triggered by a stressful event, when food gives you a sense of comfort. Feeling guilty and ashamed of binging can cause you to purge to avoid weight gain.
Call your health professional immediately if you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with bulimia and now is not able to pass urine, notices that his or her heart skips beats or beats slower than normal, has severe abdominal pain, or is vomiting
Medicines such as antidepressants may reduce the frequency of the binge-purge episodes of bulimia. They may also be used to treat other mental health problems, such as depression, that often occur along with bulimia. Learn more.
Symptoms of bulimia include: Repeatedly eating large amounts of food in a short period of time (less than 2 hours). Frequently getting rid of the calories you've eaten (purging) by making yourself vomit, fasting, exercising too much, or misusing laxatives