Ten Things to Remember about Bulimia

1. Bulimia is a pattern in which you binge (eat a huge amount of food in a short period of time) and then purge (eliminate) whatever you ate.

2. Bulimia is a self-destructive activity that makes it almost impossible to eat in a normal, unselfconscious way

3. Bulimic "hunger" is most often emotionally driven, binges and purges provide release but not pleasure, food becomes an antagonist, and eating is disconnected from physical and emotional nourishment

4. Bulimic binges and purges are habit-forming and become intense, negative forces that dominate your life and are hazardous to your emotional and physical health.

5. Bulimia is more prevalent than anorexia but is harder to detect because many bulimics are not obviously underweight and do not seem to restrict what they eat

6. Sometimes it's difficult to know if a person is really bulimic or has a form of anorexia that involves bingeing and purging. An accurate diagnosis from a health-care professional is needed to ensure the right kind of treatment

7. Bulimia may surface after someone has battled anorexia.

8. Although many people struggle in secret, estimates suggest that between 1 and S% of adolescent and college-age women in the U.S. are bulimic; between 10 and 20% of bulimic patients are male.

9. Bulimia can be a learned behavior picked up in the context of a certain kind of family or peer group situation.

10. Bulimia often coexists in a person with other problems such as depression, anxiety, social phobia, seasonal affective disorder, drug or alcohol abuse, or cutting.

PART II

Eating Disorders Recovery chapter six

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We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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