Knowledge Base of Eating Disorders

Our knowledge base is a resource dedicated to providing information to individuals and their families about the signs, effects, causes, and treatment options for bulimia nervosa, as well as other eating disorders and co-occurring conditions.

Bulimia Nervosa Awareness

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a specific type of eating disorder revolving around cycles of binging and purging. Affecting people of all genders, BN has a prevalence of approximately 0.5-1.5%. The disorder can have grave effects on someone’s health, but thankfully, a majority of people who seek treatment for bulimia nervosa are able to recover.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are one of the most dangerous types of mental health disorder, responsible for an estimated 10,200 deaths every year. There are a number of different types of eating disorders, which all impact people in different ways.

  • Patient with a doctor

    Am I Anorexic? Questions to Ask Yourself

    If you are asking yourself, “Am I anorexic?” there’s a good chance you are. It can be helpful to know exactly what the eating disorder is and how to recognize the potential warning signs.

  • Patient speaking with a doctor

    The Physical Side Effects of Anorexia (Short-Term & Long-Term)

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, severe food and caloric restriction, and a distorted body image.1

  • Anorexia vs. Bulimia: The Key Differences

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) are both serious eating disorders that impact mental, physical, and emotional health.

  • Tips to Practice Healthy Eating 

    When people hear the word “diet,” they may automatically think that the recommendations of the eating plan are healthy. But, in many cases, that’s actually far from the truth.

  • Types of eating disorders

    How to Spot the Signs of an Eating Disorder 

    The signs of an eating disorder can vary widely, depending on the type of eating disorder and the specific physiology, medical history, and present circumstances of the person. Still, some signs are more common across all those factors.

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    Eating Disorder Test | Do I Have a Problem?

    Eating disorders are dangerous mental health conditions that can lead to a number of physical and emotional complications if left untreated. But determining when it’s time to seek treatment can be tricky.

Treatment Information

The most effective treatment for bulimia nervosa is the one that restores your physical and mental health while keeping you safe. Almost half of all people with bulimia seek out treatment, and all of them should get individualized care. 

  • Bulimia Nervosa Treatment

    Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a dangerous mental health disorder that requires appropriate care. And luckily, there are a number of therapies and treatments that can help.

  • Evidence-Based Eating Disorder Treatment

    Thanks to several interlocking social, emotional, and biological factors that maintain and sustain them, eating disorders are often one of the most complex types of mental health conditions to diagnose and properly treat.

  • UnitedHealthcare Coverage for Bulimia Treatment 

    UnitedHealthcare plans typically cover eating disorder treatment, including treatment for bulimia nervosa (BN). The company acknowledges the importance of eating disorder treatment on its site, highlighting the importance of getting care for these conditions.

  • Choosing an eating disorder therapist

    Choosing an Eating Disorder Therapist, Program, or Rehab 

    Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are complex mental health conditions that often require comprehensive care that takes someone’s emotional, physical, and mental health into account.

  • Cobra insurance coverage for eating disorders

    COBRA Coverage for Bulimia Treatment 

    The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, most commonly known as COBRA, is a law that allows you to extend insurance coverage after leaving your job. Whether you left your job because of voluntary or involuntary job loss, under COBRA, you can continue your insurance benefits through your former employer’s group plan for a specific time…

  • Treating eating disorders

    How to Best Treat Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Mental Illness or Substance Abuse 

    Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) are serious mental health conditions, but they rarely occur alone.