Bulimia Nervosa is a kind of eating disorder where the affected person consumes large amount of food in a short period of time (binge) and then, will get into different actions to get rid of the food (purge). The purging actions could be induced vomit, excessive exercising or taking medicines like laxatives. Bulimics binge since food provides them a sense of comfort. However, eating too much makes them feel unrestrained and then, they feel embarrassed, guilty, and scared of gaining weight. It ultimately makes them to purge.
Lacking treatment, the ‘binge and purge’ process can cause serious, long-term health problems. Acid, which forms in the mouth by vomiting, can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and loss of tooth enamel. Purging, of any type, can cause bone thinning (osteoporosis), kidney damage, heart problems, or even death. If not treated on time, eating disorders can be dangerous and only willpower is insufficient to overcome the problem. Anyone who is suffering from Bulimia, should take medical or psychological help once the disorder is discovered.
Causes - Why Do People Become Bulimic
There is no definite cause for Bulimia to happen. It can be caused by a combination of family history, social factors and personality traits. One is more likely to suffer from Bulimia, if:
- His/her family members are obese, have some eating disorder, or have mood disorder like depression or anxiety.
- He/she has a job or engaged in a sport like ballet, modeling, or gymnastics that lay stress on body size.
- He/she tries to be a perfectionist repeatedly, in no way feels good, and worries a lot.
- He/she deals with stressful life events, like divorce, shifting to a new town or school, or losing a loved one.
Tips on How Not To Become Bulimic
- Be confident because your beauty lies in your own style.
- Keep in mind that healthy food and adequate exercise lead to a healthy body.
- Bulimia is not only an eating disorder, but also a psychological disorder. It weakens the body and longer the disorder remains, it can even cause death.
- If you or someone around you is bulimic,immediately consultapsychologistor family doctor to handle the situation. Proper counseling or sometimes, antidepressants can treat the disorder. Sooner the treatment, the easier would be the recovery.
- A dietician or nutritionist can also be of help since he/she can guide the person to eat healthy foodfrom a wide range of options.
- Such disorders can take much time to overcome and it’s quite common to get into eating unhealthy food. To treat such problems, always take help of others.
- Self-help books can be of great assistance too.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is regarded to be beneficial for the patients of Bulimia.