BULIMIA NERVOSA

Bulimia Nervosa is a mental illness characterised by
repeated episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours.

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

Physical:

  • Frequent changes in weight (loss or gains)
  • Signs of damage due to vomiting, including swelling around the cheeks or jaw, calluses on knuckles, damage to teeth and bad breath
  • Feeling bloated, constipated or developing intolerances to food
  • Loss of or disturbance of menstrual periods in girls and women
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Feeling tired & not sleeping well

Psychological:

  • Preoccupation with eating, food, body shape and weight
  • Sensitivity to comments relating to food, weight, body shape or exercise
  • Low self esteem and feelings of shame, self loathing or guilt, particularly after eating
  • Having a distorted body image such as seeing themselves as overweight even if they are in a healthy weight range for their age and height
  • Obsession with food & need for control
  • Depression, anxiety or irritability
  • Extreme body dissatisfaction

Behavioural:

  • Evidence of binge eating
  • Vomiting or using laxatives, enemas, appetite suppressants or diuretics
  • Eating in private and avoiding meals with others
  • Repetitive or obsessive behaviours relating to body shape & weight
  • Secretive behaviour around food
  • Compulsive or excessive exercising
  • Dieting behaviour (e.g. fasting, counting calories, avoiding food groups)
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals
  • Erratic behaviour (e.g. spending large amounts on food)
  • Self harm, substance abuse or suicide attempts

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SHOWING THESE SIGNS,
PLEASE SEEK HELP & SUPPORT USING THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE

Bulimia Nervosa Statistics

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MORTALITY RATE

According to a study done by colleagues at the American Journal of Psychiatry (2009)

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HIDING THEIR DISORDER

Gaskill, D & Sanders, F. (2000). The Encultured Body: Policy Implications for healthy body image and distorted eating behaviours. Faculty of Health Queensland University of Technology.

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REPORT SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT AFTER TREATMENT

Lindberg, L .& Hjern, A. (2003). Risk factors for anorexia nervosa: a national cohort study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 34 (4), 397-408.

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MEDIAN AGE OF ONSET

Understanding Eating Disorders. (1997). The Eating Disorders Association Resource Centre.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR BULIMIA NERVOSA

  • Psychological Treatments
  • Evidence-based self-help programs
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for Bulimia Nervosa
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Maudsley family-based treatment (for children and adolescents)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Crisis intervention
  • Stress management
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