What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by extreme efforts to avoid gaining weight, often by vomiting or exercising to excess. This repetitious binge-and-purge cycle can cause damage to your digestive system and create chemical imbalances in the body that harm the functioning of major organs, including the heart. It can even be fatal.
While it is most common among young women, bulimia can affect women and men of all ages. When you’re struggling with the eating disorder, life is a constant battle between the desire to lose weight and the overwhelming compulsion to binge eat. You don’t want to binge—you know you’ll feel guilty and ashamed afterwards—but time and again you give in. After the binge ends, panic sets in and you turn to drastic measures to “undo” your overeating, such as taking laxatives, vomiting, or going for an intense run. No matter how trapped in this vicious cycle you feel, though, there is hope. With treatment and support, you can break the cycle, learn to manage unpleasant emotions in a healthier way, and regain your sense of control.
How We Treat
During treatment, we encourage clients to rid themselves of the toxic shame related to their bodies and eating patterns that are prevalent in Bulimia. We believe that healthy bodies exist along a continuum and use this philosophy to transform the conversation around body image, nourishment, and purging. We shift the negative body-image paradigm to one that is more accepting and in line with self-care, self-acceptance, self-worth and confidence.
If you believe you or your loved one are suffering from Bulemia Nervosa, call La Ventana Treatment Center and let’s treat this together.