Bulimia nervosa, often just called bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging—by induced vomiting or taking laxatives—or other attempts to control weight, such as excessive exercise or taking stimulants. This cycle usually includes overwhelming feelings of shame and guilt, and it can easily uproot one’s life and sense of self-worth. While bulimia is frequently discussed as a “women’s issue,” it affects all genders. Bulimia can have serious physical consequences and typically requires medical and psychological treatment.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Stephanie Covington Armstrong does not fit the stereotype of a woman with an eating disorder. She grew up poor and hungry in the inner city. Foster care, sexual abuse, and overwhelming insecurity defined her early years. But the biggest difference is her race: Stephanie is black.
Finding My FULL: This is my journey from starving to letting myself be FULL–physically & emotionally. What is living a FULL life? Having anorexia, bulimia, or vacillating between the two, you are trying to achieve an empty feeling through starvation or purging.
Two leading experts in eating disorders offer a comprehensive, evidence-based, and fully customizable program, Integrative Modalities Therapy (IMT), for treating adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.
If your teen has an eating disorder—such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating—you may feel helpless, worried, or uncertain about how you can best support them. That’s why you need real, proven-effective strategies you can use right away.