Bulimia Disorder Eating, also known as Bulimia Nervosa, is an eating disorder.
It is something I battled with for 25 years.
It’s a psychological illness that is detrimental to your physical health.
Its sufferers, Bulimics, which are usually young women, experience episodes of binge eating followed by dangerous methods of weight gain prevention.
As I had a sweet tooth I would gorge myself on lollies, also being an emotional eater I would also pig out on anything, feel bad and then throw up. Because of this yo yo treatment of myself, I have always had a problem with my weight, going up and down.
These methods range from the most common, which is self induced vomiting, to abuse of laxatives and excessive exercising.
With me I wouldn’t even think twice about going to the bathroom and sticking my finger down my throat, to make myself sick.
Often times, Bulimics are also Anorexia Nervosa sufferers; therefore, their weight can vary from normal to low.
Either way, someone who is suffering from Bulimia always perceives themselves as overweight.
Ironically, most are also high achievers and perfectionists.
While Bulimics are aware of their disorder, it may be difficult for those around them to figure out what is going on until their eating has taken over their lives and ruined their health.
As soon as I walked out of the bathroom after throwing up my husband knew exactly what I had done, he could tell by my eyes, but he couldn’t even stop me
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The signs of Bulimia Disorder Eating are often apparent from the beginning, if you know what to watch for.
However, denial can contribute to ignoring the eating disorder and the delayed treatment can have major damage on the bulimic, as their eating habits get more out of control.
Over the 25 years of being bulimic, I knew what I was doing was wrong, but couldn’t stop myself. In my book Overcoming Life’s Challenges I take you on the journey of being a bulimic and having a problem with my weight to how I overcame this illness.
Damages of Bulimia Disorder Eating
The effects of Bulimia Disorder Eating on the bulimic is devastating, and it often reaches many of its worst points before they receive any kind of help.
Here are a portion of the possible damages:
- Tearing of the esophagus (from frequent vomiting and acid content from the stomach)
- Dental erosion (also caused by acid content)
- Loss of hair
- Stomach ulcers or rupture
- Irregular periods
- Irregular heartbeat and risk of heart attacks
- Further decline in self image and mental health
- Failure of major organs
Overcoming Bulimia Disorder Eating
While Bulimia Disorder Eating can cause many irreversible damages to a bulimic’s body, your well being can be restored through treatment.
The road to recovery is long, but here is a short list of tips to get you on your way:
- Admit to your eating problem and ask loved ones for their support. I never knew the problem was so bad, I had to stop for my well being. Understanding how it can destroy my body, and the damage it can do, I woke up, to just how much I was destroying myself, Yes I did have a problem and for my well being I had to stop, and You Can Too as I Did more in my book Overcoming Life’s Challenges
- Educate yourself on healthy and unhealthy weight loss methods and discover your appropriate weight. I was 55 years old when I started my journey of educating myself into overcoming this illness and educate myself into a healthy lifestyle.
- See your physician to have physical health issues resolved.
- Reach out to support groups and seek behavioral therapy.
- Find a great treatment center to help you get your life, health and eating back on track.
Prepare for challenges and set realistic goals towards a healthy lifestyle and self image.
Recovery is possible and this includes for you. I did it, it took me a long time, but I beat it.
It takes an enormous amount of persistence and courage, and be proud of yourself for doing it, remember it is possible and it is definitely worth it, to have your life back again.
Overcoming Life’s Challenges
The Inspiring and Empowering Story of One Woman’s Triumph Over Alcoholism, Bankruptcy, weight issues and Despair.
She did not just struggle to survive. She struggled to win!
If a single sentence could sufficiently describe a lifetime, then this would be an apt description of Moya’s life. From a privileged childhood to adulthood of bankruptcies and subsequent salvation, Moya weathered all storms to be where she is now—a fulfilled woman with a story to tell.
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