Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of binging and purging (i.e. eating large amount in a short space of time followed by self-induced vomiting) as a way to control weight gain. The use of laxatives and diuretics are common.
WHO GETS BULIMIA NERVOSA?
Anyone can develop bulimia and at any age. Most affected appear to be young women between the ages of 14 to 25. However, men are also affected.
There is not one but many factors that might cause Bulimia. They are not always easy to identify but they might include any of the following:
Symptoms will vary and can go completely unnoticed. However, the following are quite common:
Long-term effects could include:
Bulimia needs specialist help to treat both the psychological causes and its physical side effects. This is a process that can take time and will depend largely on the motivation levels of the person with bulimia to want to change. A multidisciplinary team composed of a medical doctor, a psychotherapist, a nutritionist amongst other experts will be required. Depending on levels of severity, either outpatient or inpatient treatment maybe advised. Seeking help can be difficult and filled with a lot of ambivalence. At MEEDA, we are here to help provide support and guide you in the best way possible. You can contact us or request a short talk over our Online HotLine.
Full recovery from bulimia is possible and many do recover in just a few months with the right professional help.