Bulimia is an illness that often begins in late adolescence and early adulthood and affects more than 5% of college women. Most bulimics are close to or a bit over their ideal weight. Almost all share an intense desire to be thin and have a fear of fatness.
Bulimia is frequently associated with anxiety, depression, shame and guilt, moodiness and isolation. Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa regularly engage in secret periods of overeating, followed by attempts to compensate for overeating. The typical episode of overeating involves the consumption of an amount of food that is excessive in normal circumstances and the experience is dominated by a sense of lack of control over the eating.
Bulimia is a curable disorder and treatment does not require weight gain. Because calories are absorbed from binge/purge behavior, many individuals actually lose weight with comprehensive treatment. Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) treatment has a high rate of success with improvement in symptoms often seen in the early months of effective treatment.