Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disease typically characterized by binging periods followed by some sort of compensatory behavior.
Some individuals with bulimia are overweight or obese and may try to use purging to handle their weight or to avoid additional problems. People with bulimia are afraid to gain weight, but this does not imply that all individuals with bulimia are underweight.
Media portrayals of an ‘ideal’ body shape are widely considered to be a contributing factor to bulimia. In a 1991 study by Weltzin, Hsu, Pollicle, and Kaye, it was stated that 19% of bulimics undereat, 37% of bulimics eat an average or normal amount of food, and 44% of bulimics overeat. A survey of 15- to 18-year-old high school girls in Nadroga, Fiji, found the self-reported incidence of purging rose from 0% in 1995 (a few weeks after the introduction of television in the province) to 11.3% in 1998. In addition, the suicide rate among people with bulimia nervosa is 7.5 times higher than in the general population.
Many psychotherapists say that their bulimic patients had symptoms typically associated with impulse disorders. An impulse disorder is merely the inability to withstand stealing impulse (kleptomania), gambling, drug use, activity lying, and so on. Very interesting that these symptoms are associated with individuals who are otherwise smart, highly attainable, and with excellent judgment. A person´s brain, sick with bulimia, has the same addiction to purging as from drugs. Purging releases Bulimia sick person of stress and brings relief.
Bulimia nervosa can be difficult to detect, compared to anorexia nervosa, because bulimics tend to be of average or slightly above or below average weight. But here are some symptoms that you can notice among your family members or friends if you suspect Bulimia.
Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa:
- A preoccupation with weight, including the fear of gaining weight
- Excessive exercises
- Hiding food
- Going to the bathroom right after eating, during meals or for long periods of time
- Low self-esteem
- Binge eating
- Laxative drugs at home
- People with bulimia who induce vomiting may have cuts on their hands from their fingers scraping against their teeth.
- They typically have small red pinprick marks on their faces as a result of burst blood vessels too.
Bulimia nervosa is a serious mental illness that requires intensive treatment. Getting help for your bulimia gives you the best chance to overcome this eating disorder. If you noticed that you have strange eating behavior, binging, low self-esteem, signs of depression immediately ask for help. A therapist and nutritionist’s assist and support, it is a great way to control this disorder and all other impulsive activities with it.
You can also prevent this illness by yourself just foster and reinforce a healthy body image in your children, no matter what their size or shape. Help them build confidence in ways other than their appearance. Have regular, enjoyable family meals. Avoid talking about weight at home. Focus instead on having a healthy lifestyle. There are more important things in our life than being perfect. Play with your children, go out, talk to them and don´t let them close. The same is for adults, go out, find a hobby, laugh, talk to people you love, read books and educate yourself!
- Have you ever been eating more than 2000 cals per eating?
- Do you feel that you want to release stress with the help of purging?
- Are you afraid to eat in front of others?’