Restore your mind and heal your body with proven care for Bulimia
A serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder, bulimia nervosa involves binge eating - eating large amounts of food without a sense of control, followed by purging behaviors to try to release the calories consumed. Purging can include restricting calories following the binge, vomiting, the use of diuretics and laxatives and over-exercising. The binge-purge patterns of bulimia can put undue amounts of stress on the body and lead to serious and even fatal health issues such as heart or kidney failure. As with all eating disorders, bulimia is a mental health disorder that negatively impacts healthy thinking, behavior and relationships, as much as it affects the body's physical health.
People who have bulimia may judge themselves severely and harshly for the flaws they perceive in their body shape or weight. With caring, evidence-based and faith-integrated treatment from KellerLife, you can learn to love yourself, adopt healthier eating patterns and even reverse potentially serious health complications.
Watch for the signs and symptoms of Bulimia
If you or your loved one have bulimia, you may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:
- A preoccupation with body shape and weight
- Living in constant fear of gaining weight
- Repeatedly eating abnormally large amounts of food in one sitting
- Feeling out of control when you binge — like you can't stop eating or can't control what you eat
- Forcing yourself to vomit or over-exercising to prevent weight gain after bingeing
- Unnecessarily using laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating
- Fasting, restricting calories or avoiding certain foods between binges
- Taking dietary supplements or herbal products excessively for weight loss
Bulimia’s risk factors
The exact cause of bulimia nervosa is unknown, though evidence suggests that several factors—biological, psychological and sociocultural—play a role in its development. Contributing factors include genetics, biology, emotional health, societal expectations and more. Also, bulimia affects women more than men, usually beginning in the late teens or 20s.
Specific risk factors for bulimia include:
- Your family tree – If your parents or siblings fought an eating disorder, you’re more likely to develop one. Being overweight as a child or teen may also increase your risk.
- Psychological and emotional issues – Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are closely linked with eating disorders, especially bulimia. In some cases, traumatic events and environmental stress may be contributing factors as well.
- Strict dieting – Many people with bulimia severely restrict calories between binge episodes, which can trigger the urge to binge and purge. Other binge triggers can include stress, poor body self-image and boredom.
Get your life back with effective, evidence-based treatment for Bulimia
Don’t let bulimia rule your life. KellerLife’s eating disorder specialists, physicians, dieticians and psychotherapists are here to help you reshape your thought patterns, see yourself in a healthy image, and embrace the life God intended. At KellerLife, we tailor your treatment plan to your needs, and it may include a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in addition to evidence-based therapies, such as:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT can help stabilize eating patterns and recognize unhealthy, negative thoughts and behaviors, then replace them with healthy, positive habits.
- Family-based psychotherapy – Family therapy is designed to restore the fundamentally important relationships with the family - of origin or choice - and involve family members in healing not just their loved one but the whole family/support system.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy –This therapy helps you confront barriers to having connected, healthy relationships, so you can improve your communication and problem-solving skills.
Don’t let bulimia keep you from the life God intended for you, today or any day. Call 800-291-5045 to speak with an eating disorder representative. You can also ask to be contacted by a KellerLife representative using our easy online form.