What do I need to know about Bulimia?
In addition to the practice of purging is the practice of fasting. Participating in regular fasting is a spiritual tradition in many cultures and religions. For someone with an eating disorder, however, it is typically a set up for an episode. Fasting will result in a binge episode, which is often the intention. After the binge, the feeling of fullness or being ‘stuffed’ will be unbearable, resulting thereafter in another purge. Fasting can come in different forms, from food restriction to over-exercising.
Extreme dieting, exercise, as well as binging and purging practices take a toll on the body. Bulimia is draining. Bulimics will feel bloated by the presence of food, as well as exhausted from a lack of nutritional energy and exercise. Acid from regurgitation can result in dental problems and deterioration of the gums.
Bulimia is a disorder of the mind, more than it is a disordered relationship with food. In fact, bulimia and most eating disorders are not about food. Food is the channel through which underlying and painful emotions can be communicated. Eating disorders like bulimia are about control, self-worth, and fear. Deeply afraid of not being good enough, Anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and struggles with self-esteem accompany bulimia.
Eating disorders can be deadly. Bulimia causes long term damage to organs which can lead to organ failure. If you are concerned you or a loved one might be suffering from an eating disorder, please call Aurora Recovery Center today. We treat eating disorders in men and women seeking recovery. 1844-515-STOP.