Bulimia an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.

QUOTE: Don't let the number on the scale or the number on the measure tape describe you.

FACTS:

  • An estimated 1.4 to 4.2% of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.
  • Women are 3 times as likely as men to have bulimia
  • About half of those who have had anorexia develop bulimic patterns.
  • The incidence of bulimia in 10-39 year old women tripled between 1988 and 1993
  • The average age of onset for bulimia nervosa is 20 years old.
  • 25% of college age women use bingeing and purging for weight management.
  • The mortality rate for bulimia nervosa is roughly 3.9%
  • 81% of 10 years olds are afraid of being fat
  • Only 6% of people with bulimia receive mental health care.
  • It's rooted in compulsive habits.
  • Bulimia is a mental disorder.
  • Societal pressure can be a cause.
  • Bulimia may be genetic.
  • It affects men, too.
  • People with bulimia can have normal body weights.

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