Anorexia; Bulimia; Binge eating
Patients who have bulimia without severe weight loss generally have a much better outlook than patients with anorexia. Some studies have suggested that 60 - 80% of bulimic patients are in remission within 3 months of treatment. However, relapse is common, and over half of women with bulimia continue to battle disordered eating habits for years. In one study, bulimia itself persisted in 10 - 25% of patients after treatment.
Many medical problems are directly associated with bulimic behavior, including:
Forced vomiting causes repetitive assaults on the esophagus (the food pipe) from forced vomiting.
A number of self-destructive behaviors occur with bulimia:
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