Bulimic behavior refers to engaging in manners associated with bulimia nervosa. Although an individual who practices bulimic behavior may not be officially diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, it is important to understand this disorder in order to be able to recognize signs and symptoms associated with bulimic behavior.
Bulimia nervosa is a serious emotional eating disorder that involves eating excessive amounts of food in a short period (binging) followed by guilt and shame leading to self-induced vomiting, extreme exercise, or laxative abuse (purging). Many refer to it as the binge and purge eating disorder. Bulimia nervosa is often associated with depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors such as cutting. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5), defines bulimia nervosa by the five following criteria:
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists around the world and can result in severe co-morbidities and even death if left untreated. With the continued social stigma attached to eating disorders and in general, mental health disorders; often times it can be challenging to discern the truth from fiction. New innovations in treatment and new insights on eating disorders are continuously being published however the mainstream media often does not shed light on these important findings. Below are three published articles that had eating disorders professionals talking this week.
Debunking Myths: Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Say You Go to Therapy
You are not alone, a staggering one in five adults suffer from a mental illness in the U.S. in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Attending therapy is not something to should be ashamed of. Your mental health should be treated like your physical health—addressed with the help of a professional and treated not as something you caused, but something you need to care for.
Adele is Rolling in the Deep Battling Body Shaming
“Look! Adele’s not eating pizza,” her fans say. “Adele just ate a burrito, and she tweeted how good it was!” the press announces. “Does she really wear those workout clothes outside?” the fashion industry wonders.
Every little thing that Adele does these days is scrutinized by the public. The plump singer makes news every time she steps outside, and every move she makes in public is recorded.
Nutrition Essential Component for Healing
A key component to eating disorder treatment is developing and monitoring a nutrition plan. Nutritional deficiencies are common in people with eating disorders. Lack of nutrients from food restriction and electrolyte imbalances from purging and dehydration are serious complications that can be life-threatening if not remedied. A registered dietitian (RD) is an essential member of the treatment team and is responsible for guiding patients and their families through the weight and nutrition restoration process.
The ratio of female to male eating disorders suggest that women and girls are more affected than men: according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the female to male ratio for anorexia is 10:1; for bulimia, 10:1; and 2:1 for binge eating disorder. Although eating disorders in females and males are clinically similar, it is feared that the true statistics related to males are not fully known due to underreporting of symptoms and stigma.
Missouri has become the first state in the nation to expound on the types of eating disorder treatment that insurance companies must cover. The law, championed by eating disorder advocates and signed by Governor Jay Nixon in June, will go into effect in August of 2015. This critical measure will help to ensure that eating disorder patients receive coverage for the treatment necessary to enter into and maintain recovery.
What is Causing the Growing Epidemic of Disordered Eating
Clinical eating disorders have clear indications and criteria for diagnosis. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (ED-NOS) are all represented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-V (DSM-V) and have strict parameters for diagnosis. Not so easy to spot are those eating habits that, although they may not fit the definition of an eating disorder, have troubling consequences for a person’s physical and emotional health. These eating behaviors fall into a category termed disordered eating, and they are far more prevalent than we may have realized.
The Link Between Disordered Eating and Athletics
Athletes are often glorified for their ability to transform their bodies. However, what cost do these athletes pay? Disordered eating may be one costly and dangerous step these athletes take to achieve their fitness and athletic goals.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration offers the following definition for disordered eating, “Disordered eating is when a person regularly engages in destructive eating behaviours such as restrictive dieting, compulsive eating or skipping meals. Disordered eating can include behaviours which reflect many but not all of the symptoms of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).”
Understanding Treatment For Binge Eating
If your child is a binge eater and you want to help them, it may be hard to understand why they just don’t stop The problem is that like other eating issues, binge eating is often a disorder that requires professional eating disorder treatment. Binge eating can often be missed by parents because many of the youth that are afflicted by it may look normal and healthy, at least at first.
Specialized therapies and eating disorder treatments have been developed by eating disorder programs to help those that are afflicted by binge eating disorder. Both residential and outpatient treatment programs are available. The type of eating disorder treatment program that is appropriate depends on the severity of the disorder and the health of the person afflicted.