Although anorexia is probably the best-known eating disorder (ACT), bulimia is actually much more widespread since 90% of people over 18 years of age with an eating disorder have bulimia, and only one have anorexia In addition, specialists warn that there are many patients with undiagnosed bulimia, which makes it difficult to know the real number of affected.

Bulimia is a disorder of eating behavior (TCA) that induces those affected to consume large amounts of food in a short period of time, to subsequently cause vomiting as a way to compensate for excessive intake and feelings of guilt that generates . The pathological fear of gaining weight also makes them abuse laxatives.

This disease affects mostly young women (usually begins between 16 and 25 years), but one in ten bulimics is male, and its incidence is increasing among mature women, reaching affect even people over 50 years. The physical manifestations of bulimia are not as evident as the thinness present in anorexia, so if the patient does not ask for help, it is more difficult to detect the problem.

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People with bulimia are often vulnerable people with low self-esteem, who need social approval. When your family environment is hostile, or you have to face sentimental or labor failures, your problem worsens.

Minors are especially vulnerable to the influence of fashion and prevailing customs in society. In Spain, the defender of the minor has warned on numerous occasions of the damage that can cause among this group the web pages that encourage this type of behavior, and that according to experts have grown almost 500% in recent years.

To combat these pages, the child's ombudsman has requested that the Criminal Code consider as an offense the apology of bulimia and anorexia to facilitate the closure of these websites, and other alternative websites are also being created, where those affected can talk about your problem with professionals and discover "the true risks" of slimming tricks that promote the pro bulimia and anorexia websites.

A First-Person Account of Binge Eating Disorder (November 2019).