Like anorexia, bulimia is all about your relationship with food and your weight. With bulimia you control your weight in a constant cycle of over eating and then forcing your body to get rid of it.
Some people use bulimia as a way of coping with stress, difficult situations, feelings and emotions. Because they feel in control of their eating, they feel better about life, and other stuff which may feel out of control.
If you have bulimia you want to control your weight and body shape, and you do this by eating lots and lots of food – often called binge eating. You then make yourself sick (or you may take laxatives or diuretics) to get rid of it – known as purging.
Sadly, bulimia can cause serious health problems, including issues with your teeth caused by the stomach acid when you’re sick, chemical imbalances caused by vomiting and laxative use, which in turn can make you feel generally unwell. Your nails, skin, hair and more seriously, potentially your heart, can all be affected by bulimia.
As with anorexia you need to ask for help as soon as possible. The longer the cycle goes on, the harder it will be to break. You can talk to your GP or school nurse, if you’re still at school. They may refer you to a specialist or give you some self-help guides.
Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT) can be used to help to overcome Bulimia