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If left untreated, bulimia can have a significantly negative impact on the sufferer's life. For example, bulimia increases the pregnancy-associated dangers of postpartum depression and the need for C-section deliveries.
Experts suggest that the earlier bulimia is recognized and treated, the better the chances for recovery. Factors such as long duration of symptoms, older age at start of treatment, severe weight loss, or clinical depression are associated with a poorer prognosis. The rate of relapse with all eating disorders is fairly high and is usually triggered by social stress.
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