The world today makes it too easy to feel bad about ourselves. This can have a negative effect on our self-esteem and makes us hyper-aware of our insecurities. Being too preoccupied with our weight or how we look can be dangerous, as these kinds of behaviors can lead to eating disorders.
Studies have found that low self-esteem can lead to eating disorders. Although, it is worth noting that eating disorders can be caused by internal factors, too.
What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are illnesses that greatly impact the way a person eats. These disorders are characterized by eating behaviors that can negatively impact your health and how you go about your day to day life.
It’s perfectly normal to be concerned about what you eat, especially if you’re doing this out of concern for your health. However, people with eating disorders take eating behaviors to an extreme. Eating disorders, if left untreated, may have profound negative effects on a person’s health.
Usually, eating disorders are accompanied by other mental health issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, or drug and alcohol abuse.
And data has also shown that the most common sufferers of eating disorders are women between the ages of 12-35.
A widely-held belief is that eating disorders are “lifestyle choices.” However, people suffering from eating disorders are constantly at war with their own minds and bodies. These disorders are actual illnesses that should be treated as such.
Understanding the roots of these eating disorders, and what they do to the body can help eliminate the stigma attached to these disorders. Learning more about the common eating disorders will also give you the right information, and whether or not you or someone you know might need help.
This article will provide you with an in-depth look at Bulimia, and how this eating disorder can be extremely harmful to a person’s health.
The Characteristics of Bulimia
Bulimia nervosa or bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by “binge eating” and “purging”. If you’re living with bulimia, you may find yourself secretly binge or uncontrollably eating a large amount of food.
After this, you may start to feel extremely conscious about what you eat and “purge” your body of the food you just ate.
For sufferers of bulimia, purging can be done in a variety of ways. A bulimic person may self-induce vomiting, intake too many laxatives, abuse drinks or supplements that encourage weight loss, or misuse enemas to purge the food that they binged.