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What is bulimia?

Bulimia (or bulimia nervosa) is when a person (usually a woman) repeatedly binges and purges. Bingeing means eating a large amount of food, usually quickly, and feeling out of control while eating. Purging is making yourself vomit or using laxatives to try to get rid of food so you don't gain weight. Some people with bulimia also fast or exercise excessively to stop themselves gaining weight.

These cycles of bingeing and purging often lead to feelings of failure and depression. People with bulimia believe they have lost control over their efforts to lose weight and often feel disgusted about their purging. They also tend to dislike their bodies and to have low self-esteem.

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