About Bulimia Nervosa

By Dr. Coco

March 28, 2023

Bulimia Nervosa is a serious psychological disorder characterized by episodes of binge eating and purging. It affects both men and women, although it is more common in women. People with bulimia often feel out of control when it comes to their eating habits, and the condition can have serious physical and emotional consequences.

The exact cause of bulimia nervosa is not known, but certain factors may increase a person’s risk for developing the disorder. These include low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. Additionally, social pressures to be thin or cultural attitudes that value thinness may also contribute to an individual’s risk for developing bulimia.

People with bulimia typically engage in episodes of binge eating, where they consume large amounts of food in a short period of time. Afterward they may attempt to compensate for the overeating by engaging in behaviors such as vomiting, excessive exercising, fasting, or abusing laxatives or diuretics. This cycle can become very difficult to break without professional help.

Physical complications from bulimia can include dehydration due to vomiting, electrolyte imbalances from laxative abuse, tooth decay from stomach acid exposure during vomiting episodes, and gastrointestinal problems such as constipation or abdominal pain. Bulimia can also take a toll on a person’s emotional wellbeing; many people with the disorder suffer from depression and anxiety related to their inability to control their eating habits.

Treatment for bulimia typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps people learn how to cope with their emotions in healthier ways than bingeing and purging. Additionally, medications such as antidepressants may be prescribed if necessary. Supportive therapy involving family members or friends can also be beneficial in helping individuals cope with their condition and develop healthier behaviors around food and exercise.

It is important for those suffering from bulimia nervosa to seek help as soon as possible so that they can begin treatment before the condition becomes more severe and leads to long-term physical or emotional damage. With proper treatment and support from loved ones, individuals can learn how to manage their symptoms effectively so that they can live healthy lives free from disordered eating behaviors.