Second to drinking liquids, eating is what we all need to do to live. No one can go very long without food. However, the sad fact is many people eat way too much and then they purge it out of their system by vomiting.
This is a condition commonly referred to as bulimia. It is considered a sickness and an addiction but it is more than just compulsive eating. It has a detrimental affect on a person’s health and even causes far too many deaths.
Reasons for Binging and Purging
Bulimic people binge and purge because it provides a type of “rush” or “release.” It is an action that has a similar effect as does when a person drinks too much alcohol, commit risky sexual acts, or does illegal street drugs.
Getting of bulimia can be accomplished by following one or more of the following tips:
- Seek prompt medical attention for the bulimia as well as other health problems. The sooner you treat this condition as well as other health problems you have the sooner you can save your live.
- You can even possibly turn your life completely around. Treatment may not be completed overnight, but if you are determined you can overcome these very serious medical problems.
- Seek professional counseling. Bulimia and related medical problems are not just medical but they are also psychological. Various self-esteem, loneliness, and anxiety issues correlate with tendencies of people to binge on excess amounts of food before they force themselves to vomiting.
- During a bulimic professional counseling sessions may different problems may be addressed. The objective is to find origins of eating disorder that may be non-physical (i.e. abuse, neglect, or constant rejection).
A plan for encouraging a person with eating disorder to come up with short and long-term goals for self-care, personal enrichment, and vocational advancement may also be encouraged. Any way of building self-esteem will help a person eventually be less needing to binge and purge.
- Take assigned medications regularly. Under proper doctor’s supervision, the right medication can help control bulimia. Oftentimes antidepressants of the SSRI category are used for this purpose as they help control depression, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms that could result in bulimia.
- Seek help via a dietician or nutritionist. When doing so, it helps to choose a person who is experienced in dealing with bulimic individuals. That way, if you are struggling with this type of eating disorder you can learn how nutrition makes a difference.
Of course, the right nutritionist will provide you with menus and meal ideas to help regulate your calorie consumption. However, the most well-rounded nutritionist or dietician will stress the important of eating right.
Bulimia is a condition that should never be taken lightly. If you are eating more food than you should and then later forcing yourself to vomit either with use of laxatives or inserting your finger down your throat, beware.
Please seek medical attention immediately if you think you may be bulimic. This is a very serious eating disorder and it needs to be corrected before it causes worse problems. Being treated for bulimia may even save your life so do not delay treatment one more day.