While anorexia is usually treated on an in-patient basis, bulimia and binge-eating may be treated on an out-patient basis if the victim is willing to cooperate with the treatment.
While these numbers are impressive, they don't come close to the 396,000 copies of Clay Aiken's debut single.Katharine McPhee has revealed that at the same time she was auditioning for "American Idol", she was also suffering from bulimia.
But, it is a problem that is just as dangerous and just as difficult to deal with as the restrictive eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) -- perhaps more so, as food cannot be "cut out" of one's life the way other addictions can.
For example, life may be stressful due to work, school, family or relationships, but CBT assumes that an individual can learn to get around those stressors and deal with the problem at hand (say, bulimia) on a personal level.
In some cases, the doctor may give the patients the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) or a similar screening questionnaire to help determine whether the patient is at risk for developing anorexia or bulimia.
In some cases, the doctor may give the patient the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) or a similar screening questionnaire to help determine whether the patient is at risk for developing anorexia or bulimia.
The University of Michigan Health System has created an eating disorders page aimed at parents, with a basic overview of anorexia and bulimia, signs of an eating disorder, and links to relevant articles.
In June 2006, McPhee announced publicly she had been suffering from bulimia for five years -- an eating disorder that, because of the forced vomiting, could have destroyed her voice.
Because bulimia results from an excessive concern with weight control and self-image and is often accompanied by depression, it is also considered to be a psychiatric illness.
People with bulimia, known as bulimics, consume large amounts of food (binge) and then try to rid themselves of the food and calories (purge) by fasting, excessive exercise, vomiting, or using laxatives.