How Does Breathe Treat Bulimia?
If you or someone you know shows signs of struggling with Bulimia, it is important to know that help is available, and treatment works. Breathe Life Healing Centers begins to treat the behavior through healthful nutrition that meets a person right where they are on their path. Our signature program, Breakfree @ Breathe, helps you make lasting changes that stay with you long after you finish your treatment with us. We look at emotional causes that may be triggering the behavior and talk openly and honestly about how to confront these issues in new ways, instead of with food. In addition, we begin to treat the underlying issues that triggered the behavior in the first place. Through a paced process of uncovering, discovering, and addressing the core issues, we begin to heal the whole person.
What is Bulimia?
Bulimia is a type of eating disorder that combines emotional over eating (binge eating) with purging, eliminating food from the body so the calories consumed don’t cause weight gain. A person who struggles with bulimia is in a constant state of battling the two opposing compulsions: binge eating and purging. The overwhelming drive to binge eat, sometimes consuming thousands of calories in a short period of time, is compounded by the desire to stay thin and eliminate the calories from the body – to ‘undo’ the bingeing. This notion of not gaining weight is often addressed in a number of ways. A person may exercise excessively, fast to restrict calories, crash diet, or even through vomiting or using diuretics and/or laxatives.
The Cycle of Bingeing and Purging
The seemingly endless cycle of bingeing and purging is a destructive cause-and-effect cycle that can be difficult to stop on your own. The cycle can often begin by restricting food or extreme dieting to lose weight or avoid gaining weight. When a breaking point is reached, either the body so severely craves the foods and nutrients it’s missing, or an emotional event triggers a binge, and the cycle moves on to the second stage. During a bingeing episode, an unreasonable amount of food is consumed in a very short period of time. The resulting guilt, shame, and physical discomfort of a sometimes-distended stomach moves a person into the next stage of purging. Once the food has been eliminated, or a period of fasting, a crash diet, or extreme exercise regimen has far extended past the point of the calories consumed, the cycle has come full circle. The body will again begin to crave the nutrients it is missing, and the shame, guilt, and cycle begin again with a compulsion to binge.
Someone suffering with bulimia can sometimes be harder to recognize than someone with other eating disorders, since they are often just slightly above or below a ‘normal’ weight range. The level of shame and guilt in the behavior also leads people to hide their habits from others, including close relatives and friends, partners and spouses, siblings and parents.
If someone you know is struggling, we want you to know that there is hope. Call us today to explore your options and get help to end the cycle.
For more information about Breakfree @ Breathe’s Bulimia treatment call 800-929-5904 anytime.