• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors such as purging; fasting; the use of laxatives, enemas, and diuretics; and overexercising to burn excess calories. Bulimia nervosa can lead to a variety of health risks, including damage to dental enamel and gum tissue, gastrointestinal problems, and death. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue; an estimated 4% of those suffering from bulimia nervosa will die from it. This entry offers a definition of bulimia nervosa and discusses gender differences in symptomology, prevalence rates, and known individual and environmental risk factors, as well as how gender affects both prevention and treatment.

Diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa

Objective criteria to diagnose bulimia nervosa can be found ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles