Maintaining safe and healthy eating habits is very important in life. Psychologically humans are prone to stress and anxiety. Every human being is different having different eating habits as well as life style. Fitness is entirely different from being skinny or healthy. We use word “healthy” for fat people. But it should he used for people with healthy eating habits.
The food we eat maintains our physical as well as psychological health. One of the major psychological disorders is Bulimia Nervosa, which is life threatening, a disorder in which person has episodes of eating.
What is Bulimia? (Binge and Purge)
Bulimia is a serious eating disorder. People with bulimia may secretly binge — eat huge quantity of food and have loss of control over the eating and Purge — try to get rid of the extra calories in an unhealthy way like vomiting or unnecessary exercise.
“You are what you eat”
What are the symptoms?
People suffering from Bulimia Nervosa have an urge of eating even when they are not feeling hungry. Secondly the said patient loses control over intake of food, he keeps eating till he feels uncomfortably full and that simply makes him feel depressed and guilty. Struggling with bulimia, the sufferer has always been in clash with desire to eat more and wish to lose weight. As a result, he fails to lose weight even with dieting.
Do you know what causes Bulimia?
According to a research, the causes of bulimia are sexual assault, childhood inattention or abuse, disturbed family relationships or the death of a loved one.
What Bulimia can cause to you?
Bulimic person always feels guilty and shameful so Bulimia not only affects the persons psychologically but also destructs them physically causing:
Acidity in stomach (due to frequent vomiting)
Liver, kidney failure
People having Bulimia always deny the fact of suffering from disorder, it is very tough to make them realize. Psychological as well as physical treatment is also important for cure of this disorder.
How Bulimia can be cured?
You need to be patient and non-judgmental. Observe your patient’s attitude towards food, weight, image and size of body. Focus on hormones, sometimes we don’t feel hungry, but we think that we are feeling hungry. Help them understand their feeling. Divert their mind by making them focus on surroundings. Make them feel comfortable so they can ask for support when needed. Plan their meals, give them caring, consistent and positive response. Don’t use harsh words about their meals.
Mostly Bulimic people live in anxiety of gaining weight
They feel out of control while eating or seeing food. e.g. they can’t stop themselves from eating or can’t control what they want to eat. Ultimately, they force themselves to exercise too much using laxatives after eating even if they don’t need. At times they starve themselves by fasting, limiting calories. Often bulimics use nutritional supplements.
If one feels some bulimia symptoms, pursue medical help as soon as possible. If left untreated, bulimia has several harmful effects on health. Regrettably, the relief that eating brings is very short. Quickly after, guilt vanishes and the said person convinces himself that this is last time.