Bulimia nervosa refers to an eating disorder often characterized by periods of excessive overeating or binging, which is then followed by purging. This often affects teenagers who are afraid of gaining weight. This does not mean, however, that all those who are suffering from bulimia are underweight. Those who have this condition are either overweight or obese.
They use purging in an attempt to prevent the risk of gaining more weight or manage their present weight. It is a serious mental condition, which requires extensive treatment. The good news is that it is treatable. You can actually overcome it, provided you get the recommended help.
How does a Person with Bulimia Behave?
If you have bulimia, then you will most likely consume over two thousand calories in just one sitting. Because of guilt, you will induce purging through vomiting. However, note that purging, in this case, does not only involve vomiting.
There is a great possibility that you will also undergo excessive or more strenuous exercises to prevent yourself from gaining additional weight. You will also most likely use laxative or try enemas, fasting or combine different purging techniques. If you behave in such way after binging then it confirms that you have the problem. There’s no need to worry too much though, as you can still overcome it.
What are the Signs?
Some of the signs that you have to watch out for if you want to deal with the condition right away are the following:
- Low control over your eating habits – You can’t seem to stop yourself from eating. There are even instances when you’ll eat excessively to the point that you’ll already experience physical pain and discomfort.
- Eating in secret – You will have that uncontrollable urge to go to your kitchen when everyone is already asleep, or eat in privacy.
- Consuming excessive amounts of food – Despite doing that, most people around you won’t notice a change in your present weight.
- Tends to alternate fasting and overeating
- Staying in the bathroom after eating a huge meal
- Use of enemas, diuretics or laxatives after eating
- Extreme workout – There is a tendency for you to work out extensively, especially after your meals. You will most likely involve yourself on high-intensity exercises guaranteed to burn a lot of calories like aerobics and running.
What you can Do About It?
If you’re one of those teens suffering from bulimia nervosa, I assure you that there’s hope and there is a huge chance for you to recover. The first step is complete acceptance of the problem. I know it’s hard to accept that you have a problem but know that is the key to motivating yourself to overcome it.
Talk to someone. I’m sure there are many people in your circle who can make you feel like you’re not alone in your road to recovery. Your family and friends will always be there to listen to you and support you during the recovery stage.
Having an outlet where you can openly talk about your feelings and recharge emotionally can also help. Spend more time for yourself and schedule enough time for de-stressing, relaxation, and doing the things you love.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help from professionals. They know exactly what you’re going through. They will inspire you to make huge improvements, without putting more harm on yourself.
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder, but with your willingness to recover and the guidance, support and encouragement of your family and trusted friends, as well as the expert advice of eating disorder professionals, you’ll be well on your way to a healhty and long life.