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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.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on August 21, 2014

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