Bulimia nervosa is another eating disorder that can really harm your body. Often when people have bulimia, they binge eat, meaning they eat a lot of food at once, and then purge it. They force themselves to puke it up before the calories can really take effect. This is supposed to keep them from gaining weight.
People with bulimia tend to have a bad relationship with food. They use many different ways to try and get rid of extra calories like inducing vomiting, using laxatives, diuretics, and using weight-loss supplements. They might also diet very strictly or exercise heavily.
When someone has bulimia they do allow themselves to eat, but then there is the punishment. It can be exercising until they pass out or vomiting every time they eat, but none of these ways are healthy.
Bulimia is a lot like anorexia in that it is solely focused on self-image. It’s not about improving health it is about improving appearance, and your self-worth is based on that appearance, usually meaning thinness. People with bulimia feel so much guilt when they eat like they are disgusting and don’t even deserve food or living. It is very intense.
There are quite a few signs and symptoms that can help you recognize whether or not you or someone you love has bulimia. These symptoms include:
– Being preoccupied with both your body shape and weight
– Living in constant fear of gaining weight
– Repeated episodes of eating unusually large amounts of food in one sitting
– Feeling a loss of control during binge eating like you can’t stop eating or can’t control what you eat ever
– Constantly forcing yourself to vomit or exercising too much to keep from gaining weight after binge eating
– Using laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating when they’re not needed to help control your weight
– Fasting, restricting calories or avoiding certain foods between binges to control your weight
– Using dietary supplements or herbal products excessively for weight loss even if they aren’t healthy
Some symptoms that might be noticeable to friends and family include:
– Constantly worrying or complaining about being fat
– Having a negative body image
– Repeatedly eating strangely large quantities of food in one sitting, especially foods the person would normally avoid
– Strict dieting or fasting after binge eating
– Not wanting to eat in public or front of others
– Going to the bathroom right after eating, during meals or for long periods
– Exercising too much
– Having sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands
– Having damaged teeth and gums
– Changing weight
– Swelling in the hands and feet
– Facial and cheek swelling from enlarged glands