Bulimia is an eating disorder that, like anorexia nervosa, is psychological in origin & can have dire physical consequence.
While anorexic simply starve themselves, bulimics binge on food & then purge by self-induced vomiting.
As outlined in The Medical Advisor (The complete guide to alternative & conventional treatments), bulimics frequently use diet pills, laxatives, & diuretics to reduce their weight.
The purging may serve 2 purposes: preventing weight gain & also temporarily relieving depression & other negative feelings.
Other symptoms involves, tooth enamel erosion, gum infections, cavities & tooth discoloration (caused by stomach acids from frequent vomiting), the unrealistic fear of being fat & gastrointestinal upset.
Because it is psychological in origin, pressures & conflicts within the family are thought to be the primary cause. A bulimic is apt to be an over achiever & perfectionist who feels she can’t live up to her parents’ expectations and has a low self-esteem & often suffer from depression.
The primary treatment is psychotherapy combined with antidepressants together with nutritional counseling. Psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nutritionists—all medical experts involved should work together in close cooperation to counter this serious illness.
In terms of nutrition and diet, a balanced diet, supplements of vitamins & minerals, such as vitamin C, B complex, and a nutrient-dense, sugar-free diet may help reduce binge eating.
In addition, the elimination of alcohol, caffeine, flavor enhancers, most salt & cigarettes is a good nutritional practice. And not to forget, the truly love, care, and support of the family members to their loved ones who suffer from this kind of illness will combat this kind of suffering.