How to Overcome Bulimia Nervosa Symptoms

There is nothing easy about dealing with an eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa is no exception. If you are in a place in your life where you are struggling with body image, or guilt and shame over what you are eating, I invite you to watch the video below, read the information in this article, and get the help you need and deserve.

In this article we will be discussing the following:

  1. How to overcome Bulimia Nervosa symptoms
  2. What is Bulimia Nervosa?
  3. Who is most at risk for Bulimia Nervosa?
  4. Most common symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa
  5. Mental health issues common to people who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa
  6. How to overcome Bulimia Nervosa

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder marked by binge eating followed by purging. Out of control eating is done for emotional reasons and leads to guilt and fear of gaining weight, which results in self-induced vomiting.

You are NOT alone!

Who is most at risk for Bulimia Nervosa?

Most common in:

  • teens or young adults
  • women have greater risk than men
  • 1-4% of all females in their lifetime
  • In a 2011 study genetic effects account for 59-83% of liability for developing bulimia

(Bulimia, 2020. P.1)

1. Binge Eating

Eating unusually large amounts of food within 2 hours and the inability to control what or how much one eats.

2. Excessive Exercise

3. Purging

Purging can include:

  • vomiting
  • using laxatives
  • abusing diuretics or diet pills

Mental health issues common to people who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • substance abuse

Other common factors include:

Don’t give up–– there is so much hope for you!

Bulimia Nervosa Symptoms

  • distorted body image
  • chronically inflamed sore throat
  • swollen glands in jaw
  • worn tooth enamel and decaying teeth 
  • acid reflux disorder 
  • kidney problem from diuretic
  • severe dehydration from vomiting

(Bulimia Nervosa, 2017. P. 1-3) Treatment:

*Counseling-identify triggers and work on self-esteem- help stop feeling inadequate and prevent false beliefs about weight

Take Back Control!

How to overcome bulimia nervosa

  1. Learn about bulimia.
  2. Admit you are powerless over this eating pattern, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to overcome the compulsion
  3. Accept your true worth in Jesus Christ.
  4. Forgive others and yourself!

(Hunt, 2008. P. 61-63)

You can absolutely overcome this illness. Please seek the professional help that you need, and know that you are worth so much more!

Dr. Victoria Smithers

Please watch the video below to find the strength you need to overcome this condition.


Watch this video!

If this video connected with you in some way, and you’d like to find out more about having a relationship with God and how His forgiveness and grace applies to you, a great place to start is praying the prayer below. The words themselves aren’t magic, but if you earnestly pray them and mean them, God will hear you! He’ll help you in ways you don’t understand, and we’ll help you find support and next steps.

The Prayer

Jesus, I don't know You, and I don't know what Your plan is for me. But thank you for coming to die in my place. I'm sorry for anything I've ever done wrong in my life. I don't understand how You could ever forgive me, but if You really would, I would like to accept your free gift of grace and complete forgiveness. Please come into my life and take control, and help me trust You. In Jesus' name I pray,

Did you pray this prayer?

So Now What?

If you really meant that prayer, the next step is to get you connected with other Christ-followers near you so you can grow, learn and become stronger in your faith.

Click the CONNECT NOW button below to find a group of believers who can help you establish that relationship with God that you’ve only just begun.

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