Bulimia– What You Need to Know
Bulimia is a relatively prevalent eating disorder that drives people to binge eat.
During these episodes, you will have no sense over the amount of food you are consuming, which is often followed by inappropriate weight loss methods, such as:
- Compulsive exercising
- Irrational fasting
- Excessive use of laxatives and diuretics
The causes of bulimia are still unknown, but it’s believed to result from a dysfunctional coping mechanism with stress and anxiety.
The Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia
The National Institutes of Health states that the diagnosis of eating disorders is made when you have the following symptoms at least twice a week for 3 months:
Binge eating – this translates to eating more food than usual. In general, binge eaters consume food even after feeling full – all in a short period of time.
The purging phase – this phase occurs after binge eating in an attempt to prevent weight gain from the consumed food. People may induce vomiting, take laxatives, fast irrationally, or exercise compulsively to burn the calories.
The Causes of Bulimia
The Treatment Options for Bulimia
Similar to other eating disorders, the treatment of bulimia consists of psychotherapy, antidepressants, and nutritional counseling.
The most effective approach is to hire a psychologist or psychiatrist who has experience with eating disorders. Nutritional counseling also requires the expertise of a certified nutritionist to identify deficiencies and correct them.
Your Provider may also prescribe one of the following medications:
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.