An eating disorder and mental health condition Bulimia is when people eat a lot of food quickly (binge eating) and then make themselves sick, use laxatives or do a lot of exercise so they don’t gain weight. Though it can affect men and women of any age Bulimia is most common in young women in their mid-to-late teens.



  1. Eating very large amounts of food in a short time, often in an out-of-control way – this is called binge eating
  2. Making yourself vomit, using laxatives or doing an extreme amount of exercise after a binge to avoid putting on weight – this is called purging
  3. Fear of putting on weight
  4. Being very critical about your weight and body shape
  5. Mood changes – for example, feeling very tense or anxious
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