Eating Disorders and Treatment

EatingDisorders and Treatment

BulimiaNervosa and its Treatment

BulimiaNervosa is not just an eating disorder but it is a possibly lifethreating disease as well. This eating disorder is categorized by acycle of compensatory as well as rampaging behaviors such as vomitingthat is encouraged by self. This self-encouraged vomiting is meant totry and negate or compensate for the upshots of spree eating. Peoplewho suffer from this condition most often eat quite a large portionof food and then purge it just to make sure that they reduce theamount of calories that they have taken. This process is commonlyknown as purging. Bulimia Nervosa is categorized in a couple of ways.These two ways are purging bulimia (regular self-induce vomitingafter binging) and non-purging bulimia (use of other methods such asstrict dieting, fasting etc. to shed off excessive calories) [CITATION May15 l 1033 ].Peoplewith the condition of Bulimia Nervosa are so much obsessed with theirphysical appearance in terms of weight gain as well as the shape oftheir body. Most of them end up being too harsh on themselves becauseof their self-perceived defects. The truth of the matter is BulimiaNervosa is actually connected to self-image and not just about thefood eaten. This eating disorder can actually be more than hard toovercome.

BulimiaNervosa has quite a number of signs as well as symptoms. People whosuffer from this condition in most cases are female adolescents. Someof the symptoms that are characterized by this eating disorder aretoo much of binge eating, various purging behaviors such as vomitingimmediately after meals, frequent visits to the bathrooms, too muchexercise to try and get rid of the accumulated calories, teethdiscoloration, and many more symptoms [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].Further, Bulimia Nervosa has some very severe health consequences tothe body. There is always an evident of electrolyte imbalance whichin most cases can cause abnormal heartbeats leading to a suddenfailure of the heart and even death. Bulimia Nervosa is highlyassociated with esophagus inflammation due to the regularself-induced vomiting. This may even lead to the rapture of thegullet [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].Self-induced regular vomiting can as well cause teeth discolorationfrom acids released during this process. This in turn leads to verylow self-esteem to the affected persons.

BulimiaNervosa has not been exactly known to be caused by a particularfunction. The cause of this eating disorder is still a mystery tomany researchers. However, there are quite a number of factors thatare associated with Bulimia Nervosa. Some of these factors arebiological as well as environmental issues [ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].According to an organization known as National Eating Disorders,Bulimianervosa is recurrentlyrelated with symptoms of depression as well asalterations in social modification [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].Inthis essence, Bulimia Nervosa is neither primarily a function ofbiology nor a function of the environment since its exact cause isnot actually known. Nevertheless, Bulimia Nervosa can actually besaid to be a function of both biology and environment [ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].It has been researched and known that most of the people sufferingfrom BulimiaNervosa have first-degree relatives who have suffered from any eatingdisorder. This can possibly be related or linked to genetics [ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].Other factors such as being obese during ones childhood or teen age,lack of a brain chemical known as serotonin increases the risk of onehaving Bulimia Nervosa[ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].According to Mayo Clinic, environmental depression and stress is aswell a huge contributing factor to Bulimia Nervosa[ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].

Luckily,there are various treatments for this eating disorder. Both of thesetreatments are biological as well as environmental therapies. BulimiaNervosa requires quite a number of treatments so as to achievewellness and overcome this eating disorder. Furthermore, researchersadvise that Bulimia Nervosa treatment requires a corporate approach[ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].This team comprisesof the affected person, his or her family, the basic care shrink,experienced dietitians in the matters of eating disorders, and alsoother psychological and mental health providers [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].Bulimia Nervosa’s treatment ranges from psychotherapy to nutritioneducation and hospitalization. TheBulimia Nervosa treatment can be administered either in a biologicaltherapy or environmental therapy.

Biologicaland environmental therapies for Bulimia Nervosa includepsychotherapy, nutritional education and healthy weight,hospitalization, as well as prescriptions. Psychotherapy is aswell-known as talk therapy. This treatment entails discussions of apatient’s issues that are linked to their mental health [ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].This therapy includesintellectualbehavioral therapy, family-oriented therapy as well as interactivepsychotherapy [ CITATION May15 l 1033 ].Some medications such as antidepressants are as well administered toassist in lowering the signs of Bulimia Nervosa [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].Dietitians as well as other health providers of Bulimia Nervosapatients have to come up with a plan for eating which will help thepatient achieve not only normal eating habits but a healthy weight aswell. This will comprise of proper nutrition and weight-loss programsthat are supervised [ CITATION Jea14 l 1033 ].


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