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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    Bulimia Heart Problems: How Bulimia Nervosa Affects the Heart

    Bulimia nervosa (BN) and other eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN), have a close association with heart issues and other cardiovascular diseases. [1] Indeed, some of the most serious medical complications caused by eating disorders are related to cardiovascular health. 

  • DBT for Bulimia | Proven Recovery Therapies

    Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious mental health condition that can have adverse consequences on someone’s emotional, physical, and mental health.

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    Humana Coverage for Bulimia Treatment

    Eating disorders like bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED) and others are serious conditions, and often require focused care in order to overcome.

  • Assurant coverage for bulimia

    Assurant Coverage for Bulimia Treatment

    If you or a loved one are struggling with bulimia nervosa (BN) or other eating disorders, it’s important to seek out help. Unfortunately, treatment for these conditions is often expensive, so most people must consider insurance coverage when determining their next best steps.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Bulimia Coverage 

    If you’re struggling with Bulimia Nervosa (BN) anorexia nervosa (AN), binge eating disorder (BED), or another eating disorder, it’s likely an unfortunate reality that you’ll have to deal with your health insurance company in order to afford treatment, with some plans offering better coverage than others.

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    The Relationship Between Bulimia and Trauma

    For nearly as long as they’ve been identified, eating disorders were thought to be primarily social diseases, with sufferers developing unhealthy thoughts and behaviors under the pressures to look or present a certain way in society.

Research & Data

Explore the many original research and data collection projects we have conducted

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.


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    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.

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    Levels of Treatment for Anorexia

    There are many levels of anorexia nervosa treatment. Often, the best way to begin is by talking to an eating disorder specialist and determining what kind of therapy will work best for your health and circumstances.

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    Signs of Anorexia—What to Look For

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious eating disorder that impacts mental, physical, and emotional health. As such, it can have a range of signs and symptoms, impacting someone’s overall wellness and behavior.

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    The Effects of Not Eating

    Periods of fasting have long been part of many religious, traditional, and cultural practices, but in recent years, the idea has become more widely adopted and used not as a spiritual tool but as a way to control diet and lose weight.

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    Mental Side Effects of Anorexia

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious eating disorder which can manifest in any number of ways, including as a variety of mental health concerns.

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. 


  • 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…

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    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.

  • DBT for Bulimia | Proven Recovery Therapies

    Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious mental health condition that can have adverse consequences on someone’s emotional, physical, and mental health.