Much like Anorexia, a person suffering with Bulimia has low-self esteem, lives in a world of secret shame and self-disgust and may feel trapped by his or her addiction. Bulimia is a type of eating disorder in which you're preoccupied with your weight and body shape, often judging yourself very harshly for flaws you perceive. Bulimic people engage in episodes of bingeing and purging. Bingeing and purging is when a person consumes a large amount of food and then tries to rid themselves of the extra calories by such unhealthy ways as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise.
Bulimia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Bulimia is NOT only about the food but a majority of it is related to self-image which makes therapy an important role in recovering from Bulimia. Effective Bulimia treatment can help you feel better about yourself, adopt healthier eating patterns and reverse serious complications.
When you have Bulimia, you regularly engage in episodes of binge eating followed by attempts to prevent weight gain. A binge is considered eating a larger amount of food than most people would eat under similar situations.
For example, when you have Bulimia, you may eat an entire cake, rather than just a slice or two. You may continue eating until you're painfully full, which is inevitably followed by some method of purging. Sometimes people with Bulimia feel a need to purge after eating only a small snack or a normal-size meal.
• Purging Bulimia. You regularly engage in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas to compensate for binges.
• Non-purging Bulimia.You use other methods to rid yourself of calories and prevent weight gain, such as fasting or over exercising, which is sometimes called exercise Bulimia.
No matter what the method, the signs and symptoms are similar. As stated above, Bulimia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder.
Bulimia is NOT only about the food but a majority of it is related to self-image. Recovering from Bulimia is not easy but recovery is possible. At Eating Disorder Associates, we are experienced with Bulimia and have helped many people recover from Bulimia.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Bulimia, please call Eating Disorder Associates, we can help. Call us at (631) 724-7152.