Many people have a basic understanding of what Anorexia is but there are a few who have some misconceptions regarding the eating disorder called Bulimia Nervosa. For many people suffering an eating disorder, they are seeking a way to cope with various pressures in their life.
And if their self-image and self-esteem has taken a beating, monitoring their food is sometimes the only way to maintain a sense of control in their lives. People with Bulimia have what is called a binge-purge eating cycle.
They will eat large amounts of food, gorging as if they were on autopilot. The binge is their solution to deaden their feelings about certain events in their life. However, after binging for a while, they start to feel uncomfortable and become anxious at the thought of gaining weight.
This is where the purge part of this destructive eating cycle comes in. Purging usually involves vomiting, the use of diuretics, following weird self-guided diets, over exercising and even taking laxatives.
A disproportionate amount of people with Bulimia are teenage girls. And the main reason the binge-purge eating cycle starts? The answer is peer pressure. How will they fit into their cheerleader uniform? How will they ever get a boyfriend?
These teenagers have a lot of preconceived notions about Bulimia and why they think they don’t have it. However, it is time for busting a few of those Bulimia myths. Read on:
Myth #1 – Bulimia is a good way to lose weight
The fact of the matter is that Bulimia does not help anyone lose weight. In fact, some people gain weight. Bulimia occurs in people of all shapes and sizes. Damage to the body with the binging and purging cycle sometimes cannot be reversed if Bulimia is not controlled and treated.
Myth #2 – Bulimia only applies to those individuals who eat large quantities of food at one time then vomits afterward
Bulimia is not just about eating too much and then throwing up. Bulimia describes a condition where a person’s eating habits are out of control. The purging could manifest itself in other ways like over exercising, abusing diuretics and laxatives or even fasting indefinitely after the binge.
Myth #3 – Bulimia is not deadly; I won’t die from it
In reality, people have died from Bulimia. Heart attack and stroke are only two of the ways that bulimics can die. This is usually caused when the body continually loses potassium and electrolytes, two things essential to a healthy body.
Because purging can be corrosive to the throat and esophagus thanks to stomach acids, bulimics also develop life threatening ulcers and even ruptures.
Getting help as soon as possible is the key to recovering from Bulimia, before major health issues impede quality of life. Counseling is essential. Without getting to the root cause of Bulimia, recovery most likely will not be successful.