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Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide for Family and Friends (index)
What is bulimia nervosa?
Who develops bulimia nervosa?
What causes bulimia nervosa?
What are the risk factors?
What are the signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa?
How is bulimia nervosa diagnosed?
Can bulimia nervosa be prevented?
Can bulimia nervosa be cured?
What are some ways to start a discussion with someone who might have bulimia nervosa?
What triggers a bulimic episode?
What treatments are used for bulimia nervosa?
What are the complications of bulimia nervosa?
How well does treatment for bulimia nervosa work?
What is treatment like?
Should friends and family be involved in treatment?
Types of treatment settings and levels of care
What does treatment cost?
How do I find a suitable treatment setting?
Confidentiality issues and treatment
How can friends and family be supportive?
Self-help and patient support groups
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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in binge eating (eating a lot of food in a short time) followed by some type of behavior to prevent weight gain from the food that was eaten. This behavior can take two forms: self-induced vomiting, misuse of enemas, laxatives, diet pills (called purging) and excessive exercise, fasting, or diabetic omission of insulin (called non-purging). Some people with bulimia nervosa may also starve themselves for periods of time before binge eating again. Bulimia nervosa has important mental, emotional, and physical aspects that require consideration during treatment.

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