A patient's story: “My life revolves around food and exercise”

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:382

A 32 year old woman describes how bulimia nervosa has affected her.

What is life like with bulimia?

Living with an eating disorder is a daily struggle. I feel it's worse than a drug addiction because you have to deal with food on a daily basis.

My life revolves around food and exercise. Because of my abuse of diet pills and purging, I had a stroke when I was 23. I now have headaches. I am at risk of …

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