Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder in which a person has episodes of binge eating and uses ways like vomiting, laxatives, diet pills, exercise, or fasting (not eating for long periods of time) to make up for the calories eaten. Binge eating is when a person eats a large amount of food in a short period of time and feels out of control. During a binge eating episode, someone may feel like they cannot stop eating or that they are unaware of how much or what they ate.
BN is a serious mental health disorder that affects a person's physical and mental health.
There can be many factors that raise a person's risk of developing BN, including one or more of the following: