Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder. It is when someone binge eats (eats everything in sight as fast as they can) then makes themselves puke. They can also make themselves not eat, or take laxatives (something that makes you go to the washroom) or exercising like crazy; they are trying to get rid of the calories that they just ate. The cycle of binge eating and vomiting can happen throughout the day or week.

People with bulimia usually have a poor body image, low self-esteem and will try their best to hide their bulimia. So it is not easy to know if someone is bulimic, until other health problems lead them to go see the doctor, since only a doctor can diagnose someone with bulimia. It is important to note that bulimia does cause other health problems and a bulimic will have to see professionals like;

             a counsellor
            social worker
             nutritionist
             dentist
            family doctor

 

Someone will bulimia will admit to being bulimic to a professional, because they may feel guilty for what they are doing. Some causes of bulimia are depression or more commonly cultural/social influences. Cultural/social influences are seen in television, and magazines where “thinness” is often shown as beautiful or it is a way to be accepted by others.

People with bulimia may feel weak, tired, have pain in their stomach and stop getting their cycle (or moon time). They may look unhealthy, their skin dry, hair and nails will not be the same. They can even lose feeling in their hands and feet. The sooner the person is diagnosed with bulimia, the better chance they have of recovering and overcoming the disease. Although, when a person has been bulimic for years before they are diagnosed, it will be harder for them to break their habit. So living with someone with bulimia, you have to support and encourage them to keep and go to their doctor’s appointments, and also encourage and participate in healthy eating patterns.


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