Can bulimia nervosa be prevented?

Because the true reason for the development of bulimia is not known, it is difficult to say how bulimia can be prevented. However, educators and parents can help young people understand that the “ideal” body type portrayed by the media is far from realistic and can be unhealthy and even unsafe.

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