Bulimia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. It is characterized by episodes of binge eating followed by a purging such as self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercise or fasting. To be diagnosed with bulimia, a person must be binging and purging regularly, at least twice a week for a couple of months. Unlike anorexics, bulimics can be of normal weight. Patients with eating disorders are at risk of potentially life-threatening medical complications such as cardiac arrhythmias due to slow heart rate and electrolyte abnormalities.
Current diagnostic criteria are:
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