Eating Disorders – Bulimia

Bulimia Nervosa disorder has the character of repeating occurrence of binge eating which develops the person with lack of sense for having no control on eating behavior and encourages self-induced vomiting and intake of laxatives and drugs to get rid of this eating habit. This eating disorder is usually of three types – Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. It involves long lasting and obsessive eating pattern in the person suffering from this eating disorder. Over the decades, the number of people suffering from bulimia has increased enormously. 

Anorexia nervosa is a disorder which compels people to starve themselves in an obsession of becoming thin. This disorder mainly affects teenage girls but men are no longer an exception to the case. 

Bulimia nervosa, abbreviated to bulimia generally, is a disorder where an individual goes through the binge-eating session, followed by their worsening health. They often develop self-induced vomiting feeling of guilt for having eaten much. People suffering from bulimia nervosa usually have an artificial preoccupation with gaining weight in their own body. People who suffer from this disorder greedily consume food in a huge quantity in an attempt to get rid of their stress and in another to deal with their anxiety feeling. 

People with binge eating disorder intake high caloric foods in a frequent manner but they do not induce vomiting like people with bulimia nervosa. Studies and research have reported that binge eating disorders are likely to run in different generations of the family and so maybe a genetic disease. 

Bulimia is a psychological disorder that affects women and occasionally, men. Bulimia nervosa affects an individual not only physically but psychologically too.  The underlying psychological cause is in relation with an individual’s reaction of being overweight, self image issues, self consciousness and lack of food control. In the later stage of the disease it becomes  difficult for the person to function normally and the person becomes easily prone to illnesses and colds. They may also develop bruising on the skin surface and become more susceptible to broken bones etc. 

There are many treatment methods for a person suffering from bulimia. It includes medications, psychological treatment and support treatments for inpatient and outpatient, and dental treatments with compulsive exercising. While going through a treatment, the person needs to strictly discipline themselves against overeating and night eating habits. 

The treatment for bulimia has to also to also include psychological therapy which is a difficult proposition because the sufferer never admits to the problem and develops a tendency to hide their eating habits. The disease can prove to be extremely hazardous to the physical health of an individual. If the person is not treated immediately, he/she may suffer from electrolyte imbalance, esophageal tears, cardiac problems, gastrointestinal disorders, stomach disorders and dental problems. 

Like any psychological disorder, bulimics need to be nourished in a caring supportive environment as they traverse the road to recovery.