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What Is Bulimia in Children?

Learn about bulimia in children from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.

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Bulimia or bulimia nervosa is an intense cycle of binging and purging behaviours. I'ts an eating disorder which includes taking in high-calorie foods and then purging, perhaps by vomiting or using laxatives to get rid of the food. Bingeing is the act of eating an enormous amount of high carbohydrate foods in a short amount of time. The individual eat breads and candies and cakes and sweets. The purging cycle begins immediately after, such as by going to the bathroom and vomiting the food that was just eaten or by taking laxatives. The purging creates a sense of relief after the disgust of bingeing for the individual. It's a very high risk psychological disorder because it greatly impacts health. Treatment for bulimia involves psycotherapy and behaviour management but also involves medications and sometimes hospitalization. It's a very high-risk health disorder. People with bulimia nervosa often have broken blood vessels in their eyes. They have erosions on their fingers from vomiting. They lose the enamel on their teeth. Although bulimia, like the other eating disorders is very complex, this is some of the basic information that you should know about this eating disorder.

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