Bulimia Facts

Catherine Liberty's picture

There are so many misconceptions out there in regards to bulimia (and other eating disorders) so I thought it would be a great idea to collect some bulimia facts all together in one place.

When we discuss the facts about bulimia nervosa we don’t always have to look to bulimia statistics, percentages, pie charts, graphs and studies for answers, we can also look to experiences from suffers and those who have recovered in order to establish some bulimia realities.

So whether you’re hoping to work through some of your own bulimia misconceptions or even if you’re just looking for some quick facts about bulimia, I can promise you that everything you read on this page will have a basis in scientific fact.

5 Interesting facts about bulimia…

bulimia facts

1. About 10% of people who are diagnosed with bulimia are men - although in reality the number of men who suffer with bulimia is probably substantially higher. Check out our article on bulimic men to get a better understanding of why guys are far less likely to seek support.

2. Learning how to eat again can be the key to recovery - Most people find that by restoring adequate levels of nutrition they are able to significantly reduce, and in a lot of cases COMPLETELY ELIMINATE the psychological symptoms and side effects of bulimia.

3. Not everyone needs therapy to recover! You don’t have to spend a lot of time in therapy or even understand any external factors that contributed to the onset of your bulimia to be able to cure it! I recovered from an almost 11 year battle with bulimia and I've never had therapy! How do I stop bulimia?

4. Bulimia is not as related to weight as you might think - Bulimics are very different from anorexics because although they can be underweight they are usually average or above average weight - This fact is sometimes shocking for suffers and non-suffers alike. (Anorexia and bulimia facts)

If your interested in checking out more facts about bulimia and weight then head on over to our resources on bulimia and weight loss & how bulimia causes weight gain to broaden your understanding of bulimia and weight. 

5. Anyone can recover -  It is possible to fully recover from bulimia, no matter how long you have suffered for. (The truth about recovery from bulimia)

Check out these great recovery-orientated Bulimia Nervosa Facts…

  • Many people who recover from bulimia say they go on to create lives for themselves that they never knew would be possible. Check out our bulimia recovery success stories section for a healthy dose of recovery inspiration!
  • Lots of people recover from bulimia without gaining any weight.
  • At Bulimia Help we’ve seen people recover from bulimia who have suffered for over 20 years.
  • Bulimia recovery also helps people to overcome depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

How common is bulimia?

  • Research suggests that in Western countries like the UK and US, between 1-2 in every 200 people have bulimia.
  • Further studies suggest that 2-3 in 100 American women suffers from bulimia and show that that nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder.
  • Most studies suggest that women are ten times more likely to suffer from bulimia than men are, although this suggestion could be due to the fact that men are less willing to seek help for bulimia.

What is the bulimia recovery rate?

This is a difficult question to answer and everywhere you look you will see a different answer. It‘s difficult to come up with a conclusive figure.

Some studies have suggested that between 60% and 80% of bulimic patients are in remission within three months of treatment, however findings like this can be flawed because they do not account for long term recovery rates.

One thing we do know is that currently the most successful bulimia treatment facility in the world (mandometer) say:

  • 75% of the patients go into full remission; they are free from all symptoms of an eating disorder
  • 90% of those individuals who go into remission do not relapse over the next five years

This is really excellent news and what’s even better for members of Bulimia Help is the fact that we rely on many of the same basic recovery principles that mandometer do because we both believe in order to recover from bulimia you must learn how to eat again and how to recognise hunger and satiety. 

Time to say goodbye to bulimia forever?

If you want to recover from bulimia but you're not sure about the first steps you need to take in order to kick bulimia out of your life forever then sign up to our free bulimia recovery eCourse now and learn more!

Learn more about the facts of bulimia and how to recover when you sign up to our Free Bulimia Recovery Ecourse.

1 comment

Anonymous's picture
I just wanted to thank you

I just wanted to thank you for your website. My daughter and I are attempting to help a friend of hers (16) who is not yet willing to admit she has a problem and who is not yet receiving the kind of help she needs from parents and counselors. So far their solution has been scare tactics and punishment, all of which makes the problem so much worse. Your website is lovely and uplifting and encouraging and may be just the kind of thing she needs to read to finally admit she has a problem and that there are ways to recover and especially, that she is not "crazy" and not alone! Thanks again!

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