Your body is amazing. And it’s our goal to help you realize that. Our compassionate inpatient staff teaches you how to process your feelings through healthy coping mechanisms, so you can finally escape harmful binge and purge cycles—once and for all.
“Bulimia nervosa” is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors such as purging, fasting and/or excessive exercise. These dangerous attempts to lose or maintain weight can have a devastating impact on physical and mental health.
Those trapped in vicious “binge and purge” cycles often suffer from a distorted sense of self and have issues coping with their emotions. However, with treatment, it is possible to regain control over damaging thoughts and behaviors and find the way back to health.
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that often result from severe emotional issues. Even though it seems as if body weight is the issue, it often has nothing to do with weight at all. The tendency to develop an eating disorder such as bulimia tends to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and emotional factors. It is important to seek treatment if you or a loved one suffers from this devastating disorder. Let’s take a closer look bulimia nervosa.
Bulimia Nervosa, most commonly shortened to just bulimia is a serious eating disorder in which those who suffer from it have an unrealistic perception of an ideal body weight that is combined with an intense obsession to be skinny. Although bulimia does not discriminate against age, sex, ethnicity or gender, it most commonly affects adolescents and young adults. In fact, it is estimated that 4.7 million and 1.5 million females and males respectively will become a victim of bulimia.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the following is the official criteria for diagnosing bulimia nervosa:
In order to be considered bulimic, this abnormal behavior of binging and purging in some form must occur at least once a week and last for at least 3 months. For most, it occurs much more frequently and lasts for a significantly longer time before treatment is sought.
Bulimia doesn’t just affect your physical health, it also affects your emotional well-being. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from this serious eating disorder, there are signs and symptoms you can look for:
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[/themify_col]This is not an inclusive list, as everyone responds slightly differently to the disorder. Medical intervention is often necessary when it comes to helping those who suffer from bulimia.
As with most disorders, bulimia can range from mild to very severe and even life-threatening. There are five levels of patient care for bulimia nervosa:
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Thanks in part to the extensive expertise of founder Dr. Khal El-Yousef and eating disorder specialist Dr. Pauline Powers, Fairwinds Treatment Center is one of the most well-respected eating disorder centers in the nation. We treat bulimia nervosa in a close-knit and comfortable environment, encouraging patients to do the following:
Our unique dual diagnosis methodology combines clinical treatment and therapeutic counseling to promote lasting healing of the mind, body and spirit. We understand that each patient and each case of bulimia is unique, which is why we create a personalized plan for each out our patients to best meet their needs.
If you are ready to discuss treatment for yourself or a loved one, contact Fairwinds Treatment Center today.
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