What Is Bulimia Nervosa?
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What is Bulimia Nervosa?

If you're here asking "What is Bulimia Nervosa?", you're probably either a sufferer, think you might be bulimic, or know someone who could be suffering. You have found the right place to get all the answers you're looking for - What is bulimia nervosa? What does it do to the sufferer's mind and body? How does the bulimia cycle work? What are the signs, symptoms and side effects? Where can I get help? And most importantly Can I recover from bulimia? How do I recover? And all this from the perspective of a sufferer, the real life struggle behind this horrible illness.

I would like to start off with the medical definition, however throughout the section dedicated to bulimia nervosa, I will be using many of my own experiences, behaviors and thought processes to explain how this illness works, as I have been dealing with bulimia for 15 years. I would like the information I provide to not only be medically accurate, but also put in words that resonate to a sufferer, or a close one to someone who has bulimia.

I have been through numerous sites about eating disorders, and all I've encountered is dry data, as if straight from a book. I couldn't really relate to any of it on an emotional level. Most people are aware of basic information about bulimia, very few realize what really goes on in the mind of a bulimic emotionally, why they do what they do, how it affects them, why they simply can't just stop.

The purpose of the section on bulimia on this website, is to bring you the most accurate information about the illness, not only in a medical sense, but also from a real life sufferer's perspective, so you can understand what is happening to you, relate to it and hopefully seek recovery, or understand and help someone who is suffering.

What is Bulimia Nervosa - Medical Definition

Bulimia Nervosa - A chronic morbid disorder involving repeated and secretive episodic bouts of eating characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time (binge eating), followed by self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics,fasting, or vigorous exercise to prevent weight gain; often accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or self-disgust. - Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary � Farlex 2012

Looking at the definition, you can get an idea that bulimia nervosa is about eating large amounts of food in short periods of time, followed by a behavior that gets rid of that food - be it self-induced vomiting, taking laxatives, restricting food intake or compulsive, intense exercise - all in order to prevent gaining weight. Let me tell you that there is so much more to bulimia than food and weight, in fact that is only the manifestation of what is going on inside a bulimic's head in terms of emotions. I will take you through this step by step, so you can really understand what it is that is happening to you or your loved one.

What is Bulimia Nervosa - Through the Eyes of a Sufferer

It is true that food and eating are a big part of bulimia, but this illness is certainly not just about food. The disordered relationship with food is just a way that deeper emotional turmoil manifests itself. The binge - purge cycle is a kind of coping mechanism for something else, for most of bulimia sufferers, me included, the real problem is emotional. Food is just something the mind has attached to, in order to deal with negative emotions and try to temporarily produce positive ones. It's similar to drugs - you use them to feel better, and then experience a come down which makes you feel much worse, and yet the problem that made you feel bad in the first place, is still there, except now, you're feeling even worse. So you try to get back to that high, happy feeling again, and the only way you can do that or know how, is to take the drug again hoping it will make you feel better, it's a vicious cycle. Bulimia starts with an issue or issues, which we can't cope with, leading to an unhealthy relationship with food. The focus is driven away from the real problem, and displaced onto food - putting it very simply. Bulimia is a way of dealing with emotions and/or problems, which we are unable to deal with, for many reasons, head on, in a healthy way.

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