Thursday, November 21, 2019

Trails and Belief of the Bulimic

Like the anorexic, the bulimic’s self-esteem is based to an excessive degree on her own body shape and weight. Like the anorexic, the bulimic tries to restrict food intake, but eventually fails, usually by engaging in a binge.

Such a “failure” is perfectly normal behavior after period of self starvation, although the bulimic does not see this. A period of severe restriction often follows, usually ending in another binge.

Binge are defined as eating far more than most people would eat during a discrete period of time. Binges can begin in one place and continue in another; for example, at a party at a restaurant and then in the privacy of the bulimic’s bedroom or bathroom.

Different people binge on different sorts of food, but the binge usually includes sugary, high caloric foods.

Once a binge begins, the bulimic eats rapidly, almost without thinking, until she feels discomfort or even outright pain from her excessive consumption. Unlike the anorexic, who may be proud of her ability to restrict her intake of food, the bulimic is usually mortified by and ashamed of her owned behavior.

She tries to hide her own problem and is often highly effective at doing so. She may steal food to binge on in secret, use her allowance money to buy binge food, or make sure to run the shower when throwing up so no hears her.

While anorexics revel in the feeling of total control over their own eating, bulimics during a binge feel a total lack of control.

Their binges, especially during the early stages of the disorder, may put them into a state of frenzy, or even beyond that trigger a sense d dissociation – the feeling of not even inhabiting the body that is doing such damage to itself. The binge is usually followed a crash in mood and the return of depressive or self loathing feelings.
Trails and Belief of the Bulimic
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