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.

Anorexia and Bulimia – How Friends and Family Can Help

When you realize that someone you love may be struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, naturally you want to know more about it. And because you care, you also want to understand what they are experiencing so that you can be as supportive as you can throughout their recovery.

A Day With: Anorexia & Bulimia

Memories with my eating disorder begin in a middle school cafeteria in southern Virginia. I gave away food from my lunch until I didn’t have anything left.

Why Athletes Develop Eating Disorders

Learn why eating disorders tend to occur in athletes, and what you can do to recognize and get help for sports-related anorexia and bulimia.

Anorexia and Bulimia Are Black Women’s Diseases, Too

In 2007, I joined an online community called ANA―a cute and cuddly name for people with anorexia nervosa, the world’s deadliest mental illness.

Black Women Suffer from Eating Disorders, Too

"The assumption that eating disorders primarily affect young, affluent white women was based on research that was conducted on young, affluent white women."

Recognizing Eating Disorders in Time to Help

Experts say an eating disorder should not be considered normal adolescent behavior, and they urge adults to try to stop the problem before it becomes entrenched.

The Distorted Reflections of an Eating Disorder

The mirror became a cruel optical illusion: I kept crunching, tucking, sweating and squatting, but my reflection just got uglier.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


Eating Disorders