Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by binge eating large amounts of food, followed by purging behaviors designed to avoid gaining weight. Purging behaviors can include vomiting, the use of laxatives, and excessive exercise. As with other eating disorders, there is no known, specific cause of bulimia.
Many women and girls struggling with bulimia would benefit from the structured support offered through a treatment program. Often times, women and girls struggling with bulimia may feel a lack of control.
With eating disorder treatment at Eden, we don’t just focus on the bulimia behaviors; we also work with each of our clients to address the co-occurring issues that are often also causing problems or concern.
At our treatment programs, located in Las Vegas, we help women and adolescent girls, in separate programs, who are dealing with bulimia and other eating disorders. We understand that overcoming an eating disorder often requires specialized help and support.
Our team of eating disorder specialists is highly experienced and dedicated to providing the personalized treatment that meets the needs of each client.
More About Bulimia
Bulimia is not simply overeating on occasion. It is a complex disorder that can have serious effect on life and health. It is a chronic, compulsive disorder that needs professional help and support to overcome. Bulimia does not discriminate; it effects people of all ages, ethnicities, and social backgrounds.
What are the most common signs of bulimia?
Whether you or a loved one may be dealing with bulimia, it can be helpful to recognize the signs and symptoms.
Some of the most common signs that someone is suffering with bulimia nervosa include:
- Extreme fear of gaining weight
- Eating excessive amounts in a short period and purging afterwards
- Abusing laxatives
- Hiding food to binge eat in secret
- A preoccupation with body shape and weight
- Extreme exercise regimes
- Defensive behavior and mood swings
- Anxiety about eating with others
- Fasting, restricting calories, or avoiding specific foods between binges
- Abusing dietary supplements or herbal products excessively for weight loss
Are there any additional signs of bulimia?
Bulimia can effect each woman differently, both physically and emotionally. While many signs and symptoms are common to many cases, you may also notice other changes that could indicate that someone is struggling and would benefit from the help of treatment.
Other signs of bulimia can include:
- Fainting and dizziness
- Tooth damage and swollen cheeks caused by purging
- Dry skin
- Change in voice due to purging
- Muscle cramps