A person with Bulimia always feel obsessed and places an excessive emphasis on body shape and weight. It’s just a battle between the desire to loose weight and the slavery to bing eat i.e. the dangerous cycle of binging and purging.
Sufferers turn to overeating as means of compensating their boredom or loneliness, and when they realize their shape is being altered; they feel ashamed, depressed and evaluate their self-esteem and self-worth base on their new look. They resolve to punishing themselves for the excess weight and shape via purging and fasting to get rid of the calories.
Earlier detection of Bulimia will quickly put the desire to overeat and the worriness of gaining weight to check. Never conceal your binging and purging habits; the earlier you voice out and seek for help, the shorter the duration of the illness.
Psychological and Behavioral Signs.
- Low self esteem and feelings of shame, particularly after overeating.
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- Spending more time alone – Antisocial behavior.
- Extreme body dissatisfaction
- Susceptivity to reports relating to body shape and food.
- Visiting bathroom during or shortly after meals.
- Fluctuations in weight due to alternating episodes of bingeing and purging.
- Loss of Menstrual periods in girls.
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- Swelling of the hands and cheeks.
- Fainting or dizziness.
National Eating Disorder Collaboration – Bulimia Nervosa:
HelpGuide.org – Bulimia Nervosa: Melinda Smith, M.A. and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.