Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have risen steadily to affect nearly 10 million women (and 1 million men).
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is eating disorder that is a form of self-starvation. A child or teen with AN has abnormally low body weight, a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.
At least 8 million people in the U.S. are living with an eating disorder. The overwhelming majority – about 90 percent – are female.