No one is really sure what causes eating disorders, although there are many theories as to why people develop them. Most people who develop an eating disorder are between the ages of 14 and 18 although they can develop even earlier in some people. At this time in their lives, many teens don't feel as though they have much control over anything. The physical and emotional changes that go along with puberty can make it easy for even the most confident person to feel a bit out of control.
Teen Bulimia Statistics
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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder. A child with bulimia overeats or binges uncontrollably. This overeating may be followed by self-induced throwing up purging. A child who binges eats much larger amounts of food than would normally be eaten within a short period of time often less than 2 hours. The binges happen at least twice a week for 3 months.
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in uncontrollable episodes of overeating bingeing usually followed by intentionally vomiting sometimes called purging , misuse of laxatives, enemas, fasting, or excessive exercise to control weight. Bingeing, in this situation, is defined as eating much larger amounts of food than would normally be consumed within a short period of time usually less than two hours. Eating binges may occur as often as several times a day but are most common in the evening and night hours. Due to the shame, guilt and disgust a person with bulimia nervosa often feels, bingeing and purging behaviors are often done in secret and the evidence of these behaviors may be hidden for months.