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Transcript of Bulimia
AND THE CAUSES OF EATING DISORDERS
Did you know that Children can begin to suffer from bulimia as young as 5 years old.
On average, 5 to 15 percent of bulimics are male. Bulimia commonly afflicts male wrestlers who purge in order to meet weight class requirements.
More than 5 percent of bulimic teens will die earlier than they should have due to bulimia.
What is bulimia
A person with bulimia feels he or she cannot control the amount of food eaten. Bulimics might exercise a lot, because they fear gaining weight. People with bulimia eat a lot in a short amount of time (binging) and then try to prevent weight gain by getting rid of the food (purging).
Purging might be done by:
*making themselves throw up
* taking a laxative (pills or liquids that speed up the movement of food through your body and lead to a bowel movement.
People with bulimia want to desperately loose weight. They are very unhappy with their body size and shape. They can stay at a normal weight, which may keep their condition a secret.
What Does It Do To Your Body?
Bulimia affects many parts of your body:
*stomach rupture or intestinal ulcers.
*heart failure- due to loss of vital minerals.
*rotting teeth, inflammation of the gums.
*inflammation of the esophagus.
*psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior.
*poor skin and hair, as well as brittle nails.
*tiredness, muscle spasms and kidney damage.
*repeated vomiting can cause dehydration which eventually damages the kidneys and increase the risk of kidney stones.
*damage to bowel muscles
*and mouth sores.
What is the Treatment?
: antidepressants are used to reduce binge-purge and relieve symptoms of depression that often occur along with eating dissorders. they work best when combined with counseling
: two types of counseling are useful in treating bulimia. They are:
*cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT)
*interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
In CBT you learn how to change negative thoughts that you may have about food, your weight, your body, or beliefs about yourself.
In IPT you learn how relationships and feelings about those relationships can affect binge eating.
Am I really what they say I am ?
Im fat, ugly, stupid.
I feel Worthless.
The goals of of CBT are
To use nutritional counseling to help you learn how to eat three meals and two snacks a day and avoid unhealthy diets. To reduce concern about your body weight and image. To learn what triggers the binge eating by examining the persons relationships and emotions. And to learn proper coping skills.
The goals of IPT are
To identify relationships that are connected to binge eating and purging.To learn how emotions that come up from these relationships are related to binge eating and purging. To help correct these relationship patterns, so that you wont binge eat or purge in response to bad feelings.
Sometimes people with bulimia get discouraged because recovery can take a long time and relapse is common.
I cant gain weight.
Im fat, and worthless
By : Alessia Paredes
Steps to overcome bulimia:
1) Fully commit to recovery. Its normal to feel nervous at first, half craving to binge and purge, half desire for freedom.
2) Speak out. Dont let your disorder silence you. Whether that means writing an email to a trusted friend, making a phone call, or confessing in person, it is important to tell another person about your eating disorder. Eating disorders can be a painful and shameful thing to share, but when we let our secret out we take away all the power the disorder has.
3) Strongly consider therapy. A good, trusted friend or parent can have good advice, but their words cannot replace the educated opinion of a professional.
4) Consider joining an eating disorders support group. This will give you an opportunity to talk to those who also suffer from bulimia.
5) Explore recovery sites and blogs. Sites and blogs are a good place for those who struggle with eating disorders.
6) Start a recovery notebook. Fill this with your fears, your hopes, your successes, and your roadblocks. When you make mistakes, treat them with gentleness and forgiveness. When you succeed, celebrate!
Causes Of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating are characterized by an unusual attitude towards food that may cause an individual to change their eating habits and eating behaviour.
Some causes to these eating disorders can come from mothers, siblings, friends or the media that have a strong influence on us. If our family or friends diet or excessively worry about their weight, this may trigger us. Comments made by our classmates in the school can influence our attitude towards body image.
People with eating disorders tend to have similar personality and behavioral traits such as low self-esteem, perfectionism, approval seeking, and problems with self direction.