Bulimia Nervosa is primarily an eating disorder which is common in young females. Bulimia Nervosa is is where a person feels fat and tries to prevent gaining weight by binging (consuming excess food in a short time).
After binging a person with bulimia nervosa then tries purging (to clear or empty the bowels), and this usually is done by making yourself vomit after eating or taking laxatives products to enhance a fast bowel movement.
A person with bulimia nervosa will exercise excessively, consume minimal amounts of food or more drastically consume nothing at all and probably take medication pills to pass urines. Quite often people with bulimia nervosa are repulsed by the way that they look and feel depressed.
Bulimia nervosa is far from being just an eating disorder as the mind control (paranoia) and behaviour are also factors. People with bulimia nervosa need to feel in control of their lives and as a result of this control their bodies handling of food to prevent themselves gaining weight.
You are more likely to get bulimia nervosa if it runs in the family with a mother sister or close aunt. This is because the effects from bulimia nervosa are physical and visible and that relative will be seen as a role model of shifting weight, but the complications of making yourself vomit after eating are where bulimia nervosa begins.
Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa
- Weight – either overweght or underweight
- Uses unnatural tactics to control weight
- Uses medications to urinate or pass bowel movements
- Vomit after eating
- Exercises excessively
- Lack of Social interaction with peers
- * Swollen cheeks and jaw
- * Cuts on hands and knuckles
- * Teeth that look clear
* These signs and symptoms are heavily related to making yourself vomit after eating.
Professional Treatment for Bulimia
There are different ways nowadays to treat bulimia nervosa, but always contact your Gp as medication may be required to also combat the depression. Anti depressants are quite effective and also treat chemicles in the brain that are being linked with bulimia nervosa.
Your Gp may well refer you to see a specialist who will continue any treatment started and monitor your progress as you pass through the treatment process.
Try looking to friends and family for help as they will be just as concerned as you are, counselling, support groups and family therapy sessions are also excellent as they have been known to help with bulimia nevosa sufferers.
Friends and Family Treatment for Bulimia
If you are in a position where you have a friend or family member who is suffering from bulimia nervosa then you could make the first move and encourage them to deal with their bulimia nervosa.
- Make sure that you talk to your friend privately and confidentially at first, but be as honest as you can without causing offense or pointing the finger of blame at them.
- Discuss your fears and how you are worried about your friend and suggest that professional help may be needed.
- Advise your friend to seek conselling or visit their Gp, offer to go with them for moral support and show that you are willing to help them overcome their bulimia nervosa.
- If your friend cannot admit to the problem of bulimia nervosa then all you can do is listen, never ever accuse of point blame at them as they will withdraw from your company very fast.
- Be consistant with your support, once you made this move you cannot withdraw as you may be the only person whom they will confide in until their confidence and self esteem return.
Affects on the body from Bulimia