Listen, as Dr. Ross describes bulimia.
Bulimia is an eating disorder that involves binge eating as well as the use of a compensatory purge to get rid of the calories eaten. Purging can include everything from self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills as well as compulsive over-exercising.
People with bulimia have one trait that is common amongst all of the eating disorders and that is the intense preoccupation with weight, shape, and body size--so body image issues.
About Dr. Ross, M.D., M.P.H.:
Dr. Carolyn Ross, M.D., M.P.H., completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University and worked as a full-time mother of her two older sons before returning to school to complete her pre-med requirements. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ross’s practice experience after medical school helped fuel her interest in understanding what makes people heal as she saw that most of her patients’ medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and the stresses of modern living. In searching for a better way to address these issues, Dr. Ross began to explore complementary and alternative therapies and the use of herbs and supplements for her patients. She then completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and then set up practice in San Diego, California where she eventually opened three women’s centers where she practiced primary care and office gynecology.