Eating disorders are very popular topic nowadays. Sadly, there are too many people who appear in the statistics with anorexia and bulimia and different eating disorders.
Anorexia is a well-known already mostly due to the numerous examples of starving models. This is easy enough to recognize. However, bulimia eating disorder is much harder to pin down. It is characterized by a person’s eating food and consequential getting rid of it through vomiting. The process is either self-induced or helped with laxatives and other unhealthy methods.
Bulimia eating disorder is also characterized by a person’s obsession with weight and calorie intake. It is not necessarily that a person is excessively or even a little overweight. Normal people with regular weight can suffer from the condition as well. Young women and teenagers are the most frequent group liable to bulimia eating disorder. When a person starts to vomit food at early stages it seem like there is nothing harmful about it. But in the long run the consequences can be rather serious and various health problems can start.
It is hard to tell what the reasons for the condition are and what exact factors trigger it in the first place. However, a couple of distinct reasons can be singled out. Among them there is a genetic factor. Bulimia eating disorder is frequently met in people whose relatives have it as well. It is not necessarily that a daughter will be bulimic if a mother is, but the chances are higher. Some researches make a connection with the levels of serotonin in the brain. Scarcity of this hormone evokes depression and this is interlinked with a person?s self-image. Depressed people are more inclined to developing bulimia eating disorder.
It is a very wrong assumption that bulimia is harmless. It actually is. It deprives a body from all the fluids and nutrients and really is able to cause serious health damage. Bulimia eating disorder is also fraught with fatigue and apathy. It can even cause the failure of organs. The condition should not be taken for granted by no means.
There are distinctive symptoms that can help revealing that a person has got bulimia. She is frequently obsessed with calories and weight; the tooth enamel is damaged and bad breath is distinctive. Moreover, a bulimic person can have sore throat and swelling around the jaw. It is also a characteristic that a person complains of weakness, as well as abdominal pain and irregular menstrual cycles as well as frequent vomiting and diarrhea.
It is very important to start the treatment of bulimia eating disorder in order not to make damage to health. It is better to start treatment at early stages as the longer the habit exists, the harder it is to change and the worse are the consequences.
One of the first therapists to work with people suffering from bulimia eating disorder is a psychologist. As it is first of all in the head – all the dissatisfaction with one’s looks and the way a body feels and weighs. However, if the case is already severe, a person may require hospitalization. There are a lot of Individual therapies for bulimic people, but there are also group and family therapies – whichever works better. In many cases antidepressants are prescribed if talk therapies cannot cope on their own.
It should be taken into consideration that bulimia eating disorder is a long-term disease and cannot be healed for one month even. It takes a lot of time to change a person’s image of him/herself and introduce new thinking patterns and eliminate any irrational thoughts and habits. It also takes time to teach a person to love him/herself and live a healthy life.