March 11, 2014

Secrecy and Bulimia

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 2:46 pm by kellyfdennis

ImageFeelings of guilt and shame are at the root of Bulimia Nervosa. While the symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder can sometimes be apparent, the symptoms of Bulimia are easier to hide. Most people with Bulimia are of a normal weight or even slightly overweight. The persons disordered eating habits or obsessive bingeing and purging behaviors may go unnoticed by those around them. Although many people do struggle in secret, estimates suggest that 5% of adolescent and college-age women in the U.S. are bulimic and 10% of patients with Bulimia are male.

The person who struggles with Bulimia’s urges to consume large amounts of food are most often emotionally driven. Binges and purges provide release, but not pleasure. Food becomes the enemy and is not seen as physical nourishment. Most people who struggle with Bulimia have other psychological and emotional characteristics that may contribute to the illness. Depression, anxiety, social anxiety, substance abuse, self harm by cutting may be co-occurring.

The good news is that counseling can help those struggling with Bulimia. As with other eating disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy teach tools to help people manage the emotions and physical present in the illness. The Bulimia Recovery Program online is an great tool to use as an adjunct to therapy. So stop struggling in secret. Reach out and find freedom from the self-destructive cycle of Bulimia.

Until next time…embrace those things in your life that lead to wellness.

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