Bulimia Nervosa

Eating is essential to live but life is not for eating. Eating has much influence on personality and health. But, eating disorder unbalance patient’s diet some time it is over and sometime patient avoids to eat.

 

Bulimia Nervosa

We’ve all been there: turning to food when feeling lonely, bored, or stressed. But with bulimia, overeating is more like a compulsion. And instead of eating sensibly to make up for it, you punish yourself by purging, fasting, or exercising to get rid of the calories. This vicious cycle of bingeing and purging takes a toll on your body and emotional well-being. But the cycle can be broken. You can develop a healthier relationship with food and overcome your feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame.

What is bulimia?

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight. It affects men and women of all ages.

When you’re struggling with bulimia, life is a constant battle between the desire to lose weight or stay thin and the overwhelming compulsion to binge eat.

You don’t want to binge—you know you’ll feel guilty and ashamed afterwards—but time and again you give in. After the binge ends, panic sets in and you turn to drastic measures to “undo” your overeating, such as taking ex-lax, vomiting, or going for an intense run. Meanwhile, you feel increasingly out of control.

Not all bulimics purge

It’s important to note that bulimia doesn’t necessarily involve purging: physically eliminating the food from your body by throwing up or using laxatives, enemas, or diuretics.

If you make up for your binges by fasting, exercising to excess, or going on crash diets, this also qualifies as bulimia.

Are you bulimic?

  • Are you obsessed with your body and your weight?
  • Does food and dieting dominate your life?
  • Are you afraid that when you start eating, you won’t be able to stop?
  • Do you ever eat until you feel sick?
  • Do you feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after you eat?
  • Do you vomit or take laxatives to control your weight?

Signs and symptoms of bulimia

If you’ve been living with bulimia for a while, you’ve probably “done it all” to conceal your bingeing and purging habits. It’s only human to feel ashamed about having a hard time controlling yourself with food, so you most likely binge alone. If you eat a box of doughnuts, then you’ll replace them so your friends or family won’t notice. When buying food for a binge, you might shop at four separate markets so the checker won’t guess. But despite your secret life, those closest to you probably have a sense that something is not right.

 

Read more: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/eating-disorders/bulimia-nervosa.htm

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