What Is Bulimia?
Bulimia is an eating disorder where a person eats an unusually large amount of foods and then uses extreme methods to avoid gaining weight. A person who is bulimic can very easily consume between 3,000 and 5,000 calories in less than an hour. People who have bulimia may throw up, exercise excessively or use diuretics or laxatives in order to prevent themselves from gaining weight.
What Are Some of The Signs of This Eating Disorder?
During the binge phase, a person may eat until the point of discomfort. They may also eat alone in order to hide their problem. Bulimics also have a tendency to alternate between the overeating and the fasting phases. During the purging phase, a person may go to the bathroom right after eating. They may also use diuretics or laxatives. Excessive exercise is another common sign of bulimia.
People who have bulimia may also show physical signs. Puffy cheeks and discolored teeth are two of the common physical signs of this eating disorder. People who have this condition may also have callouses on their knuckles and hands from sticking their fingers down their throats to make themselves vomit.
Weight fluctuations are common in bulimics. It is important to note that bulimics typically are not underweight. In fact, some people who have this eating disorder are slightly overweight. That is why this disorder is sometimes hard to recognize.
What Causes This Eating Disorder?
There are a number of things that can cause a person to become a bulimic. Poor body image can cause a person to develop this eating disorder. Society promotes an unrealistic body image, and many people feel the need to go to extremes to get the perfect body.
Low self-esteem can also cause a person to become a bulimic. Models, gymnasts, ballet dancers, wrestlers and other people who participate in appearance-oriented activities are more likely to develop this problem. Furthermore, trauma, abuse and major life changes can make a person more susceptible to developing this disorder.
I Think My Teen Could Possibly Have This Eating Disorder. What Should I Do Now?
If your teen has this eating disorder, then he or she will need to get help as soon as possible. Many people have died at very young ages as the result of an eating disorder, including Bulimia.
At ParentResources.info, we can provide you with a free consultation so that you can get information about treatment centers for bulimia. We want to help parents get help for their teens. If your teen is suffering from Bulimia, call us today to get the resources you need.