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Bulimia nervosa in males

Bulimia nervosa is a severe, life-threatening disorder that involves recurring binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting or other purging methods (such as laxatives, diuretics, excessive exercise, and fasting) to prevent weight gain. A person struggling with bulimia is intensely afraid of gaining weight and is persistently dissatisfied with his body and appearance. He also has a very distorted perception of the size or shape of his body.

Behavioural characteristics

A man with bulimia will:

Emotional and mental characteristics

It is common for men with bulimia to:

Physical characteristics

Men with bulimia are likely to:

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Written by the National Eating Disorders Association, Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers.


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