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Bulimia Nervosa Health Center

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Bulimia Nervosa

How Is Bulimia Treated?

Bulimia treatment requires the consideration of the physical as well as the psychological needs of the person. Treatment may include psychological counseling and medications such as antidepressants or other drugs. In many cases, treatment is undertaken by a team of medical, nutritional, and mental health professionals. The ideal outcome of treatment is to restore physical health and normal eating patterns.

What Is the Outlook for People With Bulimia?

Bulimia is a condition that is difficult to cure. Many people improve, but relapses may recur from time to time in some cases. In addition, some people who are considered "cured" continue with less-than-normal eating patterns throughout their lives. In general, however, the outlook for people with bulimia is more positive than the outlook for people with anorexia, another eating disorder.

Can Bulimia Be Prevented?

Because the true reason for the development of bulimia is not known, it is difficult to say how bulimia can be prevented. However, we live in a society where the "ideal" woman portrayed by the media is far from realistic. Educators and parents can help young people to put that "ideal" picture into perspective. Adolescents should be encouraged to understand that appropriate body weight does not equal extreme thinness.

When Should I Seek Help for Bulimia?

If you or any member of your family develops an unhealthy preoccupation with weight and size and/or appears unduly interested in food, you should consult a health care professional. The earlier treatment is received the better the chances for a successful outcome.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on August 21, 2014
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