Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by separate episodes of binge eating followed by “makeup” measures taken to avoid gaining weight and/or to induce weight loss, such as purging.
Bulimia nervosa tends to develop during adolescence and early adulthood, and the male to female ratio is 1:10. People who have a family history of bulimia nervosa are more likely to develop this condition.
Bulimia Nervosa vs Anorexia Nervosa
There is often a lot of confusion between bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. The main difference between the two diagnoses is that anorexia nervosa is a syndrome of self-starvation involving significant weight loss, whereas patients with bulimia nervosa are, by definition, at normal weight or above.