Bulimia Nervosa, also referred to as Bulimia, or Binge-Purge behavior, is an eating disorder in which an individual will engorge themselves with unusually large amounts of food in a short amount of time and purge later. Between eating binges, a person with Bulimia Nervosa will tend to restrict their caloric intake, and by their own preference select foods in which they believe are seemingly “low in calories”. Often, an individual may feel out of control during eating binges and even ashamed afterwards. Clinicians often refer individuals to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a specifically adapted version called CBT-BN, as well as primary and secondary care.
There are two types of Bulimia, the purging type and the non-purging type. The non-purging type will tend to over exercise or fast after they have consumed such a large amount of food. As stated before, the purging type will purge using anything they can, such as laxatives, diuretics, and vomiting, and consider this compensation for their binge. Vomiting only reduces 50% of the calories just consumed and less if there is a delay at all before purging (Kaye, Weltzin, Hsu, McConaha, & Bolton, 1993). According to Fairburn, laxatives and diuretics have little to no effect due to how long they take to work. Even though they may purge the food immediately after consuming it, they will not lose weight, more times than not, Bulimics will tend to be average weight and even sometimes