Bulimia nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa , often referred to as bulimia, is an eating disorder in which the individual goes through cycles of binging (excessively overeating in a single sitting) and purging. Purging, an attempt to get rid of the food consumed during binges, may be done through a number of ways including forced vomiting, taking laxatives, or over-exercising. Individual suffering from bulimia often go through periods of not eating or fasting along with their cycles of binging and purging. The causes for bulimia nervosa may be biological, social and emotional. Pressure from society to fit into the "ideal" body image may also be a cause. Women are more likely to experience eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, but men may also experience these conditions. Symptoms of bulimia nervosa may include chronic dehydration, an electrolyte imbalance, infertility, constipation, peptic ulcers, gastric reflux, and other symptoms related to repeated vomiting such as throat, dental, and oral issues. Bulimia nervosa is often present in combination with other mental health conditions, such as mood disorders, anxiety, and impulse control issues. He or she may also have a substance abuse issue. Diagnosis is often hard to make in bulimia nervosa, but trained professionals may be able to make a diagnosis based on the individual's behaviors. Signs of an affected individual may include an obsession with weight loss and dieting, body image issues, frequent and compulsive exercising, frequent trips to the bathroom during or after meals, eating in secret, finding hidden food wrappers and containers, and withdrawing from friends and normal activities. Because bulimia nervosa is mostly related to mental health, the treatment often involves at least some psychotherapy. Medications such as antidepressants may also be prescribed to help. If you or someone you know may be suffering from bulimia nervosa, it is best to contact your doctor or a trained professional for help.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Bulimia nervosa" returned 136 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Subjective and objective binge eating in relation to eating disorder symptomatology, depressive symptoms, and self-esteem among treatment-seeking adolescents with bulimia nervosa.
 

Author(s): Ellen E Fitzsimmons-Craft, Anna C Ciao, Erin C Accurso, Emily M Pisetsky, Carol B Peterson, Catherine E Byrne, Daniel Le Grange

Journal: Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2014 Jul;22(4):230-6.

 

This study investigated the importance of the distinction between objective (OBE) and subjective binge eating (SBE) among 80 treatment-seeking adolescents with bulimia nervosa. We explored relationships among OBEs, SBEs, eating disorder (ED) symptomatology, depression, and self-esteem ...

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2014

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Effectiveness of a web-based treatment program using intensive therapeutic support for female patients with bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.
 

Author(s): Elke D ter Huurne, Marloes G Postel, Hein A de Haan, Cor A J DeJong

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Disordered eating behavior and body dissatisfaction affect a large proportion of the Dutch population and account for severe psychological, physical and social morbidity. Yet, the threshold for seeking professional care is still high. In the Netherlands, only 7.5% of patients with ...

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2014

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Brain responses to body image stimuli but not food are altered in women with bulimia nervosa.
 

Author(s): Frederique Van den Eynde, Vincent Giampietro, Andrew Simmons, Rudolf Uher, Chris M Andrew, Philippe-Olivier Harvey, Iain C Campbell, Ulrike Schmidt

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Research into the neural correlates of bulimia nervosa (BN) psychopathology remains limited.

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2013

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The terms "Bulimia nervosa" returned 21 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Does a shared neurobiology for foods and drugs of abuse contribute to extremes of food ingestion in anorexia and bulimia nervosa?
 

Author(s): Walter H Kaye, Christina E Wierenga, Ursula F Bailer, Alan N Simmons, Angela Wagner, Amanda Bischoff-Grethe

Journal: Biol. Psychiatry. 2013 May;73(9):836-42.

 

Is starvation in anorexia nervosa (AN) or overeating in bulimia nervosa (BN) a form of addiction? Alternatively, why are individuals with BN more vulnerable and individuals with AN protected from substance abuse? Such questions have been generated by recent studies suggesting that ...

Last Updated: 16 Apr 2013

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The changing "weightscape" of bulimia nervosa.
 

Author(s): Cynthia M Bulik, Marsha D Marcus, Stephanie Zerwas, Michele D Levine, Maria La Via

Journal: Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Oct;169(10):1031-6.

 

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2012

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Dysregulation of brain reward systems in eating disorders: neurochemical information from animal models of binge eating, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.
 

Author(s): Nicole M Avena, Miriam E Bocarsly

Journal: Neuropharmacology. 2012 Jul;63(1):87-96.

 

Food intake is mediated, in part, through brain pathways for motivation and reinforcement. Dysregulation of these pathways may underlay some of the behaviors exhibited by patients with eating disorders. Research using animal models of eating disorders has greatly contributed to the ...

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2012

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Bulimia Nervosa: A Biobehavioral Study (The Eating Disorder Study)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bulimia Nervosa

 

Last Updated: 2 Oct 2014

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Cephalic Phase in Anorexia Nervosa,Bulimia Nervosa and Obese Binge Eaters
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia Nervosa

 

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2007

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Neural Response to Catecholamine Depletion in Subjects Suffering From Bulimia Nervosa in Their Past and Healthy Controls
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Bulimia Nervosa; Eating Disorders; Dopamine; Reward; Catechol-O-methyltransferase

 

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2014

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