Category: Bulimia


Demi Lovato says her bulimia was sparked by bullies


When I seen this article I knew I had to share it with everyone. School bullies are actually causing people to have bulimia now. Demi Lovato opens up and says school bullies contributed to her bulimia. The bullies would call her fat and that sparked her problem with bulimia.

 

Demi Lovato’s bulimia was sparked by school bullies who branded her  ”fat”.

The 20-year-old former Disney star – who was admitted to rehab in 2010 for  help with an eating disorder, self-harm and depression – believes her problems  started at the tender age of 12.

Talking about her tormentors, she said: ”They called me a whore and told me  I was fat and ugly. I shouldn’t have listened, but I took it to heart and it  hurt. I thought maybe I didn’t have friends because I was too fat.”

Deciding to take action, she began making herself throw up and lost more than  28lbs in six months, taking her weight to just 88lbs.

She said: ”I’d make myself sick up to six times a day. My mum was worried,  but because I was going through puberty I was having growth spurts so she  assumed that was why I was thinner.”

But when losing weight didn’t make her happy, she turned to self-harm as a  way to deal with her pain.

She told Fabulous magazine: ”It started with my wrists. People saw that, so  I cut in places they couldn’t see.

”You do it because you feel so bad inside. You don’t know how to take it out  other than on yourself.”

Her demons eventually got the better of her and she ended up punching a  backing dancer on a flight during the Jonas Brothers’ tour, which was followed  by her prompt admission to rehab.

She said of her treatment: ”It wasn’t my idea, but I didn’t fight it.

”It was really, really hard and scary. I was homesick and lonely and several  times I thought (expletive) it, I’m leaving. But my mum told me I would regret  it. This was my only chance.

”I had 14 hours of therapy a day. I listened to music and learned to knit.  When I finally left, it was like being let out of prison.”

Mother Speaks Out After Losing Daughter To Bulimia


Many people may not realize how deadly bulimia can be. The link below is an audio clip of a mother telling her daughters story about her battle with bulimia.

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149846861/mother-speaks-out-after-losing-daughter-to-bulimia

What increases your risk for bulimia?


The risk of developing bulimia or another eating disorder is greatest if a person:

  • Has a biological parent, brother, or sister who has an eating disorder or who is overweight or obese.
  • Has a family history of substance abuse.
  • Is overweight and is starting a restrictive diet.
  • Has certain personality traits such as perfectionism.
  • Struggles with cultural and social factors such as admiring thinness.

The binge and purge cycle


The binge and purge cycle

Dieting triggers bulimia’s destructive cycle of binging and purging. The irony is that the more strict and rigid the diet, the more likely it is that you’ll become preoccupied, even obsessed, with food. When you starve yourself, your body responds with powerful cravings—its way of asking for needed nutrition.

As the tension, hunger, and feelings of deprivation build, the compulsion to eat becomes too powerful to resist: a “forbidden” food is eaten; a dietary rule is broken. With an all-or-nothing mindset, you feel any diet slip-up is a total failure. After having a bite of ice cream, you might think, “I’ve already blown It, so I might as well go all out.”

Unfortunately, the relief that binging brings is extremely short-lived. Soon after, guilt and self-loathing set in. And so you purge to make up for binging and regain control.

Unfortunately, purging only reinforces binge eating. Though you may tell yourself, as you launch into a new diet, that this is the last time, in the back of your mind there’s a voice telling you that you can always throw up or use laxatives if you lose control again. What you may not realize is that purging doesn’t come close to wiping the slate clean after a binge.

Purging does NOT prevent weight gain

Purging isn’t effective at getting rid of calories, which is why most people suffering with bulimia end up gaining weight over time. Vomiting immediately after eating will only eliminate 50% of the calories consumed at best—and usually much less. This is because calorie absorption begins the moment you put food in the mouth. Laxatives and diuretics are even less effective. Laxatives get rid of only 10% of the calories eaten, and diuretics do nothing at all. You may weigh less after taking them, but that lower number on the scale is due to water loss, not true weight loss.

Do you have bulimia? Take the test to find out!


Ask yourself the following list of questions. The more questions that you will answer yes, the more likely it is that you are suffering from bulimia.

This is not an exact science and is in no way meant to replace a real diagnosis.

You will need to visit your doctor in order to receive a formal diagnosis for your eating disorder (if you have one).

 

Bulimia Nervosa Quiz

1. Do you skip meals, limit calories, cut out certain food groups or restrict your food in any way?

2. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about food?

3. Do you feel you lack control in your life?

4. Do you spend a lot of time trying to avoiding food?

5. Does your relationship with food or your body impact your ability to manage work, school, or relationships?

6. Do you binge eat or eat when you feel upset or emotional?

7. Do you use diuretics, laxatives, diet pills, or vomit?

8. Have other people told you that you are thin when you feel like you are overweight?

9. Do you sacrifice time with friends and family to exercise?

10. Do you obsessively check your appearance in the mirror and weigh yourself often?

The side effects of bulimia…


Bulimia’s  side effects can be extremely harmful to a person’s health and well-being.  Often times, a person struggling with an eating disorder is less concerned with  the disorder’s side effects due to the condition’s overpowering nature. Bulimia  is not only a serious condition in and of itself, but its side effects can also  cause a series of medical complications that exacerbate the person’s life now  and in the future.

Physical and Psychological Effects

In addition to the psychological impact, bulimia’s side effects can cause  irreparable physical damage. Restrictive, compulsive, and weight controlling  behaviors like self-induced purging and inappropriate use of laxatives or  diuretics can cause a multitude of other health complications and medical  conditions. Such effects include:

Physical

  • Esophageal problems
  • Vocal chord damage
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hair loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Elimination problems
  • Dental Damage
  • Organ damage
  • Vitamin and mineral  deficiencies
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased bone density
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • Hormone irregularities
  • Insomnia
  • Low red blood cell levels
  • Weak muscles
  • Immune system damage

Psychological

  • Out of control feelings
  • Mood changes
  • Avoidance of others
  • Constantly thinking about food
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unable to eat with others
  • Poor body-image

Other bulimia side effects include difficulty conceiving a child, a larger  risk of miscarriage and premature birth after conception. Some theorize that  nature requires humans and animals to be healthy themselves in order to  continue to propagate a species that is capable of surviving—theory of natural  selection. Bulimia side effects damage a woman’s body which can physically  inhibit her from having healthy children in the future.

Laxative and Diuretic Use

It is estimated that one third of people struggling with bulimia use  laxatives, and roughly 10% take diuretics. Various effects include:

Laxative abuse

  • Chronic intestinal inflammation
  • Chronic constipation
  • Irregular bowel function
  • Systemic toxicity

Diuretic abuse

  • Kidney damage
  • Body fluid stagnation
  • Blood pressure complication

 

 

As you can see, bulimia has some serious side effects which is why it is so important to be aware of it!

How is Bulimia treated?


How is bulimia treated?

Patients with bulimia present a variety of medical and psychological  complications which are usually considered to be reversible through a  multidisciplinary treatment approach. Treatment can be managed by either a  physician, psychiatrist, or in  some cases, a clinical psychologist. The extent of the medical complications  generally dictates the primary treatment manager. A  psychiatrist, with both medical and psychological training, is perhaps the  optimum treatment manager.

A number of antidepressant  medications have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of bulimia.  Several studies have demonstrated that fluoxetine (Prozac), a member of the  selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants, has been effective in the  treatment of bulimia. And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved  fluoxetine for the treatment of bulimia.

Other types of antidepressants, including the monoamine  oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tricyclic antidepressants, and buspirone (Buspar)  have all been shown to decrease bingeing and vomiting in people suffering from  bulimia. However, the SSRIs remain the first choice for treatment due to their  relative safety and low incidence of side effects.

Other  drugs are currently under investigation as possible treatments for bulimia.  Examples are the antiepileptic drug topiramate and the serotonin antagonistondansetron.

Some patients may require hospitalization due to the  extent of the medical or psychological complications. Others may seek outpatient  programs. Still others may require only weekly counseling and monitoring by a  practitioner. Stabilization of the patient’s physical condition will be the  immediate goal if the individual is in a life-threatening state. The primary  goals of treatment should address both physical and psychological needs of the  patient in order to restore physical health and normal eating patterns. The  patient needs to identify internal feelings and distorted beliefs that led to  the disorder initially. An appropriate treatment approach addresses underlying  issues of control, self-perception, and family dynamics. Nutritional education  and behavior management provides the patient with healthy alternatives to weight  management. Group counseling or support groups can assist the patient in the  recovery process as well.

The ultimate goal should be for the patient to accept  herself/himself and lead a physically and emotionally healthy life. Restoration of  physical and mental health will probably take time, and results will be gradual.  Patience is a vital part of the recovery process. A positive attitude coupled  with much effort on the part of the affected individual is another integral  component to a successful recovery.

Lady Gaga opens up about her struggle with bulimia..


In this article, Lady gaga opens up about her struggle with bulimia. In high school, Lady Gaga was bulimic and purged because she wanted to be a “skinny little ballerina”. Lady Gaga also opens up about how celebrities are not as thin and perfect as they appear. She admits that when she does photoshoots they make her look perfect and it’s not “real life”.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/09/lady-gaga-tells-students-was-bulimic-as-high-schooler/

Exercise bulimia. Have you heard of it?


This video is about Robin. Robin has exercise bulimia. Unlike other bulimics Robina isn’t purging but instead she exercises too much. Many people think in order to have bulimia you have to be purging but that is not true. Exercise bulimia is often not diagnosed because exercising is normal and everyone does it.

 

What did you learn from Dr. Phil’s video?


Dr. Phil explains Bulimia


Dr. Phil explains Bulimia

So, what is bulimia?


bu·lim·ia

noun \bü-ˈlē-mē-ə, byü-, -ˈli-\

Definition of BULIMIA

1: an abnormal and constant craving for food
2: a serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression —called also bulimia nervosa
 
Bulimia often goes unnoticed because a person can have bulimia but still maintain their normal weight, unlike anorexia.
 
 
 

Why I chose bulimia?


I chose this eating disorder because this eating disorder often goes unnoticed. A person can have bulimia but not show any obvious signs of an eating disorder. I hope posting information about it can bring more awareness especially since it is relevant to our age group.

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