Do they eat unusually large amount of food with no obvious change in weight?
Does the bathroom or your child sometimes smell of vomit?
Are you struggling with Bulimia?
Does food and dieting dominate your life?
Are you afraid that when you start eating, you won’t be able to stop?
Do you ever eat until you feel sick?
Do you vomit or take laxatives to control your weight?
Does someone you know showing physical signs of bulimia?
Do they have calluses on their knuckles or hands?
Do they have puffy ‘chipmunk’ cheeks?
Do they have discoloured teeth?
How I help you overcome bulimia
Bulimia is characterized by episodes of binging on large amounts of food in a short period of time and engaging in compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or laxative use. Engaging in these types of behaviors results in severe medical complications, including electrolyte abnormalities, cardiovascular complications, gastrointestinal issues, dehydration and more.
Early intervention with bulimia treatment is critical to preventing long-term physical damage. Bulimia abruptly diminishes the body’s nutritional stores, which can medically compromise an individual. I am trained to help people of all ages to correct these medical and nutritional complications that may have resulted, by tailoring a nutrition plan to address these concerns.
Recovering from bulimia can be a challenging journey, and having the right group of professionals can help ensure that you or your child are successful and making progress towards recovery. Because of the complexity of bulimia, collaborative care is essential to appropriately addressing the different factors that are involved.
A treatment teamfor bulimia recovery may look differently depending on the severity of malnutrition, but typically include a medical doctor, psychiatrist/therapist, and a registered dietitian. Each of these professionals plays an important role in addressing an aspect of bulimia recovery.
Overall my role is to provide support and guidance towards nutritional restoration and guide you or your child to a healthier relationship with food. This includes overcoming fear foods, maintaining a healthy weight, challenging food rituals or disordered eating behaviors.
Helping someone you suspect has bulimia
Many people with an eating disorder will react defensively and angrily when confronted for the first time. In addition to the health problems, people who have an eating disorder are probably not having much fun. They tend to pull away from friends and keep to themselves, avoiding going out for pizza with their friends, for example, or enjoying a birthday party.
People with eating disorders are often afraid to ask for help. Some are struggling just as much as you are to find a way to start a conversation about their problem, while others have such low self-esteem they simply don’t feel that they deserve any help. Eating disorders will only get worse without treatment, and the physical and emotional damage can be severe. The sooner you start to help a loved one, the better their chances of recovery. If you notice the warning signs of bulimia in a friend or family member, you may be hesitant to say anything out of fear that you’re mistaken, or that you’ll say the wrong thing, or you might alienate the person. Although it’s undeniably difficult to bring up such a delicate subject, don’t let these worries keep you from voicing valid concerns.
Anna Oliver is a Qualified Dietitian passionately committed to helping people with eating disorders.
“There is no list of rules. There is one rule The rule is - there are no rules. Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to, as your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are, instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”
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