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Sunday

07

March 2010

Bulimia: Binge/ Purge Cycle

by At-Risk.org Staff, on binge eating, binge/purge cycle, bulimia, bulimia nervosa, eating disorder, purging, seminars, teenage disorder

Bulimia or also known as Bulimia Nervosa is another psychological condition of eating disorder. It is very common in young people or in teens. The main characteristics of Bulimia is that they induced vomiting on their selves after eating a heavy meal just to get rid of the calories of the foods that they ingest, thus preventing weight gain.
Person with bulimia experiences the cycle termed as binge/purge cycle which is very dangerous to their body. When they are worried, stress or upset they will hide large amount of foods and then later on they will eat it. Then after eating they will develop some guilt because of the food that they ingest, they will feel that they’ve committed a sin because of eating too much. That is how purging or force vomiting occurs in a patient with bulimia.
To know if a person is bulimic or not, we need to know the characteristics of a bulimic person. Moreover, bulimia is very difficult to distinguish compared to anorexia. Because anorexic patient mostly appears very thin but bulimic patient in general appears as with normal weight even overweight sometimes. A bulimic person usually worries over weight, they are obsessed with food and its caloric content, and they hide foods. Additionally, they are also uses other means of losing weight such as use of laxatives and diet pills. Furthermore, due to purging they will develop marks of teeth on their hands. Fasting, mood changes and depression are the other signs of a person with this condition.
Bulimia is a medical condition that needs immediate and proper attention. If you observe that your child or teen is experiencing problem with regards to eating routine, bring immediately your child to a doctor to ask for professional help and advice. Telling your teen to stop the behavior will not solve the problem.
To fully help your child with bulimia it is good that you know the background of the disease and everything about it. You can achieve it by attending seminars, symposiums and also by joining supports groups. These support groups usually composed of parents of children with the same condition as yours. In these supports group you will learn things about bulimia from those individual that also experiences it, which is more convenient and realistic as well.
Asking your doctor or therapist about the diseases will also give you knowledge about the condition of your child. You have to be understanding and open to your child; make your lines of communication always open so that your child can talk to you about what he/she fells, with this you can also increase your bonding moment. Accusing your child will not also help the condition of your child.
At-Risk.org Staff