Who develops bulimia nervosa?
Many myths exist about who develops bulimia nervosa and why. It can affect males and females, and people as young as 8 years old and as old as 60 yearsyoung girls, college-age women, male and female athletes, middle-aged women. In Westernized cultures, bulimia nervosa is seen in upper, middle, and lower socio-economic classes. It does not discriminate by race-and occurs in whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics and other races, and in people with widely varying educational backgrounds. The disorder is, however, more common in females; about 90% of people with a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa are female.