Demystifying bulimia nervosa
Bulimia is characterized by repetitive binge eating (rapid consumption of several thousands of calories) followed by compensatory behaviours for the purpose of eliminating the calories ingested (dietary restrictions, vomiting, excessive exercising, use of laxatives, etc.). Those who suffer from bulimia feel a loss of control with ever-present feelings of shame and guilt.
Bulimic behaviour takes place in secret. This isolation helps to perpetuate the destructive bulimic cycle. People with this disorder are typically of normal weight or overweight. Many individuals suffering from bulimia have histories of chronic restrictive dieting.
Do you think you recognize some of your own behaviours? Concerned for a loved one? Look for the following indications:
A. Recurrence of binge eating
Bulimia has the following two characteristics:
1) Ingestion, in a limited period of time (ex.: less than two hours) of a quantity of food far greater than the amount most people would ingest in a similar period of time and in the same circumstances.
2) Feeling a loss of control over eating behaviour during the episode (ex.: feeling unable to control what you eat or the quantity you eat).
B. Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviour aimed at preventing weight gain, such as: induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or other medications; fasting; excessive physical exercise.
C. Binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviours both occur, on average, at least once a week over a three-month period.
D. Self-esteem is excessively influenced by weight and body shape.
E. The problem does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.
There are several approaches for treating bulimia
Specialized treatment for adolescents
More and more adolescents are vulnerable to eating disorders during this complex stage of development.
Outpatient follow-ups for adults
Woman, men, athletes… A different approach is necessary for the different populations in our society. Individual needs will vary and the experts at the BACA Clinic are known to adjust their approach accordingly.
Intensive outpatient treatment
Participation in an intensive program can sometimes be necessary to overcome a severe, invasive and destructive eating disorder.
“My path toward recovery has certainly been fraught with pitfalls. Today I am very grateful to the entire team of BACA Clinic professionals, who accompanied me in this long and winding journey. I always felt supported, surrounded and respected, regardless of the choices that I was making or the situations I was experiencing. It also gave me the chance to get to know some extraordinary people who will have a special place in my heart for the rest of my days.”
“Thank you to the BACA Clinic for their professionalism and their respect. Thank you for supporting us and restoring hope to our daughter. You were our last resort and, more importantly, you were a great help.”
– Catherine’s parents
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