In this article we will be discussing the following:
- How to overcome Bulimia Nervosa symptoms
- What is Bulimia Nervosa?
- Who is most at risk for Bulimia Nervosa?
- Most common symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa
- Mental health issues common to people who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa
- 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.
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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
Purging can include:
- using laxatives
- abusing diuretics or diet pills
Mental health issues common to people who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa:
- substance abuse
Other common factors include:
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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
- Learn about bulimia.
- Admit you are powerless over this eating pattern, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the power to overcome the compulsion
- Accept your true worth in Jesus Christ.
- Forgive others and yourself!
(Hunt, 2008. P. 61-63)