Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder. People with bulimia are very concerned about body shape and size and are afraid of gaining weight. They may crave food and find ways to eat a lot of it fast. This binge eating is often set off by stress or an emotional upset. After overeating, people with bulimia may feel guilty, uncomfortable, or ashamed. They may vomit, use laxatives, or exercise excessively to get rid of the food they ate.
Counselling to understand the condition and to learn ways to reduce stress is a big part of treatment for bulimia. Nutritional counselling can help you learn how to eat a healthy diet. It may help to have your family take part in family counselling so that they can support you. Treatment with medicines such as antidepressants also can help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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