What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia involves recurrent episodes of binge eating, as well as behaviours done to prevent weight gain such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives, diuretics or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise. It also involves preoccupation with self-worth being based on the shape and weight of the body.

Binge eating is when someone eats substantially more than what an average person would eat, during a discrete period of time (i.e., during a 2-hour period). A binge involves feeling out of control, like you can’t stop eating even if you want to. Binging may involve eating a large quantity of food that one normally considers to be “bad”or “off-limits”. Feelings of shame usually occur, and therefore eating is often done in private. The person may eat until they feel uncomfortable or even painfully full. Binges may be triggered by stress, restrictive eating habits, boredom, or negative thoughts or feelings about food or one’s body size or shape.

Bulimia nervosa is more common in females than in males, the ratio is 10:1.

Treatment for Bulimia can help you to:

  • Develop a healthier relationship to food
  • Increase your overall self-esteem and self-worth
  • Discuss the pressures that lead to an over-concern with body weight, shape and size, to become more at peace with your body and what it can do
  • Deal with any underlying concerns such as social anxiety, depression, or past abuse

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