It is severe life threatening eating disorder .In bulimia people specially tend to eat and purge to reduce calorie intake. Bulimia is of two types purging and non-purging. Purging is the type when people eat by in taking improper food at improper time in huge quantity and later on forcefully purge out by vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics .In non -purging type adolescent people mainly restrict their calorie intake by fasting , crash dieting and also by doing excessive strenuous exercise.
Human being suffering from this disease specially need psychological counseling as they are preoccupied by thoughts of gaining body weight and improper body shape. These patients often use improper ways of reducing calorie intake by using weight loss supplements to reduce belly fats or abdominal fats which can complicate their health conditions. These people often follow binge eating but sometimes skip useful food and beverages in between their meal of the day.
If a person feeling shy of eating infront of public, or going to washroom immediately after eating meals, or using excessive laxatives, or constantly complaining about gaining weight , or having negative body image of his or her own and doing excessive strenous exercise, having sores, scars or calluses on the knuckles or hands ,having damaged teeth and gum then immediately it is suggested to take to physician further accompanied by psychologists.This is the way by which we can definitely try to help our loved ones suffering from Bulimia Nervosa.
Written by Dr. Tanima Bhattacharya.