NUFS 380 – Bulimia Nervosa
To be clinically diagnosed with Bulimia nervosa there has to be
reoccurring large binges followed by purging episodes. These purging
behaviors can vary it just means that you are getting rid of the calories. Ex.
extra-long run, making yourself sick or laxatives. An episode of binge eating
can be categorized as eating a larger portion of food than most individuals
would eat in a similar period (ex. within a 2-hour period). During these
episodes, there is a sense of lack of control, like they can stop eating. This is
different than stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving because of these feelings.
This behavior is a vicious cycle and to be diagnosed has to occur at least
once a week for 3 months.
The cycle previously mentioned consists of over eating (binge eating),
removal of said food in one of many reasons (purging), feeling ashamed and
then strict dieting leading to bingeing and it repeats.
How Do We Spot BN?
There will be excessive dental and enamel erosion from the stomach
acid passing over the teeth. Dentists are in a good position to spot this.
There will also be tooth decalcification and irregularly shaped teeth. Another
common sign is swollen salivary g