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Symptoms and treatment of bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is a clinical eating disorder characterized by periods of binge-eating by the individual followed by purging episodes. Individuals suffering from bulimia have a love-hate relationship with food. The purging episodes are the result of the guilt, unhappiness and anxiety attacks the sufferers feel upon consuming what they consider to be far more than they should eat. As a result, they feel empty and hungry and the cycle begins again. Unfortunately, people with bulimia typically begin these cycles as a result of feelings of self-hate, low self-esteem and other body image problems. "Purging" can include self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and abuse of diet pills. Sufferers will also typically skip meals, and they also tend to diet and exercise too much.

Some of the symptoms of bulimia are:

  • Frequent fluctuations in weight
  • Eating past the point of being full
  • Denial of a problem
  • Constant worry about weight, calories and fat
  • Valuing oneself based on weight goals

Where to find Information on Bulimia

Information on bulimia is widely available on the Internet and from your healthcare provider. There are a number of national and local groups and clinics exclusively designed to increase public awareness about bulimia and bulimia treatment, among other eating disorders. If you suspect that you are suffering from bulimia, seek medical advice or get treatment as soon as possible. Bulimia treatment is similar to that of many other eating disorders. The goal is to reach the many areas of a person's life affected by the eating disorder, from self-esteem and self-image, to the relationship he or she has with food nutrition and eating.

Some doctors or clinics will prescribe a medication called Elavil for bulimia. Elavil is an antidepressant and is also used as a sedative in patients who are restless or unable to sleep. It helps to return certain brain chemicals to a normal balance, so some doctors will prescribe it for bulimia treatment.

Pro Bulimia

There are other sides to eating disorders like bulimia, and entire communities where people with the disorder support each other to continue it. If you want to learn about pro-bulimia, be careful that you are not drawn into these pro-eating disorder groups. They are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle by idolizing super-skinny models and recommending different ways to purge after binges. Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder need to be treated by medical professionals, not perpetuated through information from non-credible websites.

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