What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of intense binge eating, feelings of guilt and fear of weight gain, and self-induced vomiting. This can be caused stress in an individual’s life, distorted body image, a fear of weight gain, or a strict dieting plan.
Bulimia Nervosa Indicators
Indicators of bulimia can appear differently in different people. However, common signs that someone may be suffering from bulimia nervosa can include moments of binge eating followed by moments of self-induced vomiting or use of a laxative to prevent weight gain. Other signs can include: being preoccupied with weight, withdrawal from family and friends, excessive exercising, food rituals, finding hidden empty wrapper, and mood swings.
What to do if You Suspect Bulimia Nervosa
It is important to understand that a clinical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa can only be made by a healthcare professional. It is extremely important to always involve a medical professional whenever you feel that you or a loved one are beginning to battle any of these symptoms so that you or a loved one can receive the care needed. It’s never easy to watch a loved one or to be the individual battling an eating disorder. You are not alone in what you are battling and there are people who can help.