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Bulimia

Bulimia is a mental health disorder characterised by compulsive eating behaviour followed by compensatory measures such as intense dieting, fasting, self-provoked vomiting, excessive exercise, and more. Feelings of shame, guilt, and disgust often follow the episodes of compulsive eating. Bulimia is related to many complications at the social, physical and psychological levels. For instance, the person might develop anxiety, depression, intestinal problems, social isolation, tooth enamel decay, or have a burnt oesophagus as a result of self-provoked vomiting. This disorder is often accompanied by suicidal ideations. It is a serious illness which, if left untreated, can lead to death.

Who can suffer from bulimia?

This eating disorder does not affect a particular group of people. It can affect people regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. While bulimia was formerly associated with women, statistics have shown that men can also suffer from it. More specifically, 10 to 15% of cases of bulimia are found in men.

Book list recommendation

It is not always easy to understand the complexity of the eating disorders. The recovery process needs time and may be challenging for people living with the illness. It may also bring many emotions for the loved ones. Being informed allow a better understanding of this illness and its issues.

ANEB suggest a book list which is addressed for those suffering from an eating disorder, for their loved ones, as well as for the counsellors who may want to understand the problem. Reading some testimonials from people who have recovered from an eating disorder is also suggested.

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