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How is bulimia nervosa diagnosed?
Often, a dentist or family physician—the doctors who see a patient on a regular basis—are the first medical professionals with to recognize the signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa.

A medical or mental health professional who is experienced in recognizing the signs and symptoms of eating disorders can usually make a diagnosis after interviewing a patient and/or performing a physical examination. Often, a dentist or family physician—the doctors who see a patient on a regular basis—are the first medical professionals with to recognize the signs and symptoms of bulimia nervosa. The patient may not willingly describe symptoms and may be unwilling to acknowledge the observations made by a dentist or family doctor.

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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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