Fussing about your weight and getting enmesh in binge and purge cycles are common symptoms of an eating disorder bulimia. Learn more about this disorder.
What is bulimia?
The symptoms of bulimia
What to do about it
What is bulimia?
This is an eating disorder where one gets into a succession of urges to overeat and then make himself or herself sick trying to control his or her weight.
Individuals with this disorder use several methods to stave off weight gain. For instance, they regularly self-induce vomiting. Others misuse laxatives and diuretics after bingeing. Some also fast, exercise excessively or be on strict dieting.
What are the symptoms
1. Reckoning obsessively about one’s weight
2. Binge eating
3. Exercising excessively
4. Isolating oneself
5. Feeling helpless
6. Poor sleep
7. Lastly, loss of interest in things and people
Physical symptoms also include:
1. Sore throat
3. Muscle spasms
4. Change in periods
7. Stomach cramps
8. Weight swings
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms do not imply one is affected by the disorder. It’s important to consult a doctor to get a full diagnosis.
What to do about bulimia
First talk to someone you confide in. It could be a relative, friend, counselor, or teacher. It’s important to get help because this condition causes long-term damage to the body.
An individual can also consult a general practitioner. He or she may propose a referral to a psychiatrist who can help.
Generally, the treatment involves family therapy, 1:1 talking therapy, and a dietician to help return healthy eating habits gradually. Also, medications (antidepressants) may be given.
Even though there’s no definite way to prevent the disorder, patients suffering from it can be cured. However, it may require a lot of time, and recovery varies from person to person. It is often advised that professional treatment is sought before the situation worsens.
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