Bulimia nervosa is a relatively common eating disorder in Western society. This eating disorder is defined by criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5, as lack of control over eating, eating more than most would eat at a given time, and recurrent/inappropriate methods used to prevent weight gain. Recurrent episodes of binge eating are associated with emotional distress, depression, mental anguish and a sense of loss of control, and the need to get rid of the excess calories consumed during eating binges. The compensatory behavior to get rid of the excess calories may involve abusing laxatives, self-induced vomiting, intense exercise that is joyless, abuse of diuretics, use of appetite suppressant or use of medications to speed up metabolism. Treatments include cognitive behavioral psychotherapy as well as antidepressants; however, relapse is common.
The goal of this bulimia nervosa continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, fitness professionals, health educators, and physicians with knowledge about the clinical aspects of managing patients with bulimia nervosa. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify physical and emotional signs and symptoms of eating disorders, specifically bulimia nervosa
- Discuss the complications of bulimia nervosa
- Describe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management strategies for patients with bulimia nervosa
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, EMTs/paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators and physicians.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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