Know the Signs of this disorder and Seek the Treatments!
What Constitutes Bulimia Nervosa?
Binge eating, followed by vomiting is the most common characteristic. Most of those who suffer from bulimia are women. Bulimia may also be hard to spot, because many people can maintain a normal body weight.
When Does Bulimia Occur?
Eighty percent of those suffering from bulimia are women. It usually occurs in their youth. Unfortunately, medical science does not know what cause the disorder, but it is believed to more psychological in nature than anything else. The US promotes an image of being thin as beautiful. This affects a lot of women and they strive to maintain a thin appearance.
Causes of bulimia can include psychological, cultural, environmental, and genetic abnormalities. The most notable causes may be traced to a low self-esteem, a poor self-image, an inability to cope with life, challenges managing stress, having someone close with an overweight problem, childhood obesity, and some type of past physical or sexual abuse.
Treatments may consist of therapy and antidepressants of some sort. Doctors may also recommend counseling, nutritional education, and specific medications. The patient may also be encouraged to attend group therapy sessions. Family therapy has also proven to be effective in many cases, since some problems begin at home.
What Individuals Can Do
If you or someone you know suffers from bulimia, there is help. Get that person, or yourself, the medical help you need, and get to the bottom of what is causing the binge eating. There are psychological issues at play that can be overcome. Get the family involved in any therapy sessions that are provided. Sometimes, stresses and such come from parents who expect their children to look a certain way. It is unfortunate, but too often true. Are there pressures to compete with other family members? Are there pressures at work to look or dress a certain way?