Many people, especially women, envy those who eat a lot without gaining weight. Some are just blessed with good genes and an insanely fast metabolism which allows them to enjoy their burgers, fries, and even some desserts on the side.
Others, however, might be suffering from a condition known as Bulimia Nervosa. Characterized as a type of eating disorder, Bulimia Nervosa can be managed with a treatment plan uniquely designed for each patient.
Know more about the condition and how it can be managed to help people you know get through it and have a new beginning.
Bulimia Nervosa, Defined
Bulimia Nervosa is a psychological condition inasmuch as it is a physical one. People who are bulimic are obsessed with their body weight and image.
One of the most common distinguishing characteristics of Bulimia that separates it from other common eating disorder, such as Anorexia and Binge eating, is the fact that people binge eat and purge afterward. It is a cycle that goes on that can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions.
Bulimics binge eats regularly, but would be conscious about their calorie intake and possible weight gain, and thus would result to forcibly taking the food out (known as purging) through induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives and diuretics or even excessive diet and exercise.
Ways to Treat Bulimia Nervosa
There are ways to diagnose the condition such as physical exams and urine and blood test. There are also a variety of ways to treat and manage it.
The most common way to manage Bulimia is through psychotherapy. This involves talking about the condition itself with the help of a medical professional. Counseling which includes the discussion and changing of views from negative to positive ones are done.
The whole family, particularly the parents, are also involved. Because Bulimia happens at any time of the day, it is important for people around the patient to know how to manage attacks when it arises. Giving the patient a healthier environment can also help achieve their treatment and progress a lot faster.
In addition to psychotherapy, medications, particularly antidepressants are also given to the patient. Because Bulimia is also a psychological condition, such medications also have its role to play.
For people who are not depressed, FDA approved medications such as fluoxetine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor are prescribed. Changing the patient’s overall diet and lifestyle is also helpful.
Dieticians design a specific diet plan that can help the patient eat right and achieve the nutrients that they need to be healthy again.
People who have Bulimia are often treated at home and with regular psychotherapy sessions. But, for those with severe conditions which are hazardous to their health, hospitalization might be required.
There are eating disorder treatment programs that are specially designed to help people with the condition. Bulimia is a condition that is more common than you think and people from all around the world, celebrities included, also suffer from it.
If you or know anyone who might be suffering from Bulimia, do not be afraid to seek help. There are people you can talk with that can help you bounce back and be healthy.