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Bulimia Nervosa and Teens

Teens who have bulimia nervosa suffer from a mental health eating disorder that manifests itself in binging and purging food, in extreme exercise or other unhealthy ways. Parents of teenagers who suffer from bulimia can find helpful resources and advice here.

Parenting Teens Quiz: Does Your Teen Have Bulimia Nervosa?
A parenting screening quiz that will help you take a look at each of the signs of bulimia nervosa and your teen. Could your teen have bulimia? Find out here.

Bulimia Nervosa FAQ
What are the symptoms of bulimia nervosa? What medical problems can arise as a result of bulimia nervosa? What is required for a formal diagnosis of an bulimia nervosa? How is bulimia nervosa treated?

Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia in Teens
Bulimia is a type of eating disorder that can be triggered by stress, ineffective dieting or as an attempt to deal with painful emotions or impaired body image. Learn the signs of symptoms of bulimia and the negative physical and emotional consequences for troubled teens.

Bulimia Nervosa Research Findings
An estimated 1.1 percent to 4.2 percent of females have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. Read more here.

Bulimia Nervosa in Teens, Statistics and Facts
Bulimia nervosa is a eating disorder with the second highest rate of teens dealing with the health issue. Do you know what the facts are concerning teens with bulimia nervosa? Here you will find all of the sourced researched information that parents of teens need to know.

Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia Bracelets, What Parents Need to Know
Advocates of eating disorders openly discuss their problems online and have created an easily recognizable symbol to help identify each other when not online. Their symbol is a bracelet, of a certain color and worn in a specific way. The bracelets are worn in an effort to ‘unite’ this community that is encouraging dysfunctional eating patterns....

Teens in Treatment Terms: Purging
Purging is most often seen in troubled teens who are suffering from bulimia, a disorder with an obsessive pattern of overeating and then ridding the body of calories to avoid gaining weight. Purging behavior is done secretly and feelings of guilt or shame are often experienced after doing so.

Exercise Bulimia
Boys tend to lean towards this type of bulimia. Compulsive exercise is just another tool some people use to purge their body of calories, much like a bulimic who binges and purges. In fact, there's even a name for it: Exercise Bulimia. Read more.

Eating Disorders in Athletes: Bulimia and Athletes
Bulimia can begin when restrictive diets fail, or the feeling of hunger associated with reduced calorie intake leads to binge eating. In response to the binge, an athlete may feel guilty and purge by vomiting or taking laxatives, diet pills, and drugs to reduce fluids. Athletes may alternate between periods of binging and calorie restriction or compulsive exercise in order to lose weight.

Diabulimia - An Eating Disorder Affecting Teen Girls with Diabetes
There's a growing concern that a significant number of young people with type 1 diabetes, primarily teenage girls and young women, are experiencing a new type of eating disorder called diabulimia. Learn more here.

Common Misconceptions
Most commonly held misconceptions about the behaviors attributed to Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating.

Can someone with bulimia get better?
The short answer is yes, teens with bulimia nervosa can get better with help. Parents have to help their bulimic teen make the first step. Read more about it in this FAQ from the US Office of Women's Health.

Getting Help
Having a good support system will make your teenager's fight towards freedom a little easier and they will know that they are not alone.

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