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Causes of Bulimia Nervosa

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Dec 07, 2014
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Causes of Bulimia Nervosa

Cause of Bulimia is unknown however social pressures to look slim may precipitate the problem.

There are no specific causes for bulimia.

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Bulimia often appears not only to be the result of improper eating or uncontrolled dieting, but also due to the exposure to risk factors of a psychiatric disorder.

General factors that lead to Bulimia are:

  • Low self-esteem in women, coupled with an obsession about the "perfect" body.
  • A person with a family history of Bulimia or a psychiatric disorder, especially depression is more prone to suffer from this condition.The role of genetics, as a predisposing factor is unclear, although it has been suggested as a cause.
  • The influence of social environment, that includes family and friends who advocate dieting, encourage physical slimness, and excessive exercising, plays a strong role in the onset of Bulimia.
  • Memories of traumatic childhood experience.
  • Biological factors (hormonal) that are usually associated with depression are also being currently studied in association with Bulimi.

References:

  1. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
  2. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers, Niraj Ahuja, MD.
  3. Bulimia nervosa: an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48. Russell, Gerald F.M.
  4. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities. 6th Edition. Oxford press. Judith Colier, Murray Longmore, Peter Scally.
  5. Russell, Gerald F.M. Bulimia nervosa : an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48.

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NINA1

There is so much information about eating disorders. But almost no information about how or where to get help.

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