Bulimia is an eating disorder that affects millions of women every year, says Marla Ahlgrimm. It is characterized by binging on foods then purging them from the body by way of forced vomiting. Here, Ahlgrimm answers a few of the most common questions about this treatable condition.
Q: How are anorexia and bulimia different?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Anorexics are people, often women, who do not consume enough calories for their age and body shape. They are extremely thin and may be malnourished. People with bulimia, by contrast, often look healthy and fall within their normal weight range. Bulimics eat a normal diet, but go through periods of purging what they eat to “get rid” of the calories.