Bulimia. You’ve heard the word before.
But it’s just one of those things that people keep to themselves, remaining invisible …
Here is a quick overview of bulimia symptoms causes and recovery:
- Symptoms: binging and then behavior to not gain weight (doesn’t need to be vomiting but excessive exercise counts too)
- Causes: no definitive cause but risk factors include biology, past behavior of dieting, and emotional issues
- Recovery: various options for recovery
Bulimia Causes Symptoms
There is no one definitive cause of Bulimia.
However, based on my past experience of helping people, I can safely say that every person I have worked with with bulimia has had a history of dieting.
This is why I in my Eating Disorder Therapist practice in the Bay Area I place sooo much educational awareness on dieting.
Dieting harms people.
If you have bulimia, odds are high you have dieted before.
Other causes include genes (if you have a close family member or cousin or who also binge eats) and emotional issues.
For an excellent resource article on the causes of bulimia, you can read this Mayo clinic article here.
The tricky part about bulimia is that you may not lose a ton of weight like anorexia.
When someone is anorexic, you can sometimes tell. Anorexic people are notorious for having incredibly thin bodies.
Yet in bulimia no weight loss (or weight gain) may occur.
This makes bulimia very secretive and easier to hide.
However, there are some common symptoms:
- Binge: you eat a lot of food in a short period of time and feel out of control
- Compensation: You exercise for hours at a time, you take pills to flush your system or stop eating. You may make yourself vomit as well
- Body image distortion: You view your body as the source of your problems. If only your body looked a certain way or if your weight was lower, then your life would be better. These thoughts preoccupy your mind nearly all the time
There are many different options to recover from bulimia and you can see my previous post titled “How To Cure Binge Eating Disorder Obsessive Thoughts in Just 3 Cognitive Steps Once And For All!“
This post linked above talks about Cognitive Therapy.
But truthfully, don’t worry about that yet.
In fact just don’t worry.
I know ..
I know …
Just won’t worry? I’ve just found out that I’ve matched the symptoms of binge eating disorder!
How can I not worry?
I’m telling you, don’t worry.
Are you alive right now?
Then you’ll be okay going forward.
Don’t make this into a bigger problem.
It’s just something you need to learn about.
Don’t you want to learn more about your body?
Don’t think that you have some disorder or something.
Recognize that you may have bad patterns, sure.
Recognize that you may technically have what others will label as “binge eating”
You’re alive right now, aren’t you?