Bulimia is an eating disorder, but it has little to do with eating. In reality, bulimia has more to do with low self-esteem, perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, anxiety, fear of losing control, depression and other psychological barriers.
Unfortunately, parents, spouses and others, when they become aware of a bulimic's problem, have a tendency to focus on eating and weight, just as the bulimic does.
The symptoms of bulimia include:
-- Recurring episodes of binge eating. Binge eating is characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time.