Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that consists of episodes of excessive food intake alternating with periods of purging and/or restricting. People who have bulimia may be of normal weight, or they may be underweight or overweight. Individuals with this psychiatric disorder struggle with ‘binge eating’ which is characterized by eating an amount of food that is larger than what most people would eat in a discreet period of time. This is often accompanied by distress and a lack of control. The individual engages in compensatory behaviors that include self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives, diuretics or enemas, fasting, excessive exercise or short periods of strict diets. As with anorexia nervosa, body shape and weight are the predominant measures of self-worth that drive the disordered eating behaviors.
Common Signs of Bulimia (not all are required):
- wears baggy clothes to conceal weight
- skipping meals or eating very little, followed by periods of excessive eating
- often feeling fatigued
- unhealthy teeth (loss of enamel and oversensitive)
- constantly exercising
- spending excessive amounts of time in the bathroom, especially after meals
Bulimia Treatment at Aspire Wellness Eating Disorder Treatment Sacramento is provided by a multidisciplinary team of eating disorder experts, including licensed therapists, psychologists, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and a caring support staff. Individuals struggling with Bulimia can be difficult to spot because they often hide their binge eating and purging behaviors. Individuals with eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders. If you or someone you know may be suffering from bulimia or some other type of eating disorder, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can provide a confidential evaluation and treatment plan recommendation at no cost.