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What is Bulimia Nervosa? Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, diuretics or over-exercising designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating. It's important to note these methods are very dangerous, completely ineffective in calorie removal and with time promote weight gain.
What are the Symptoms?
The chance for recovery increases the earlier bulimia nervosa is detected. Therefore, it is important to be aware of some of the warning signs of bulimia nervosa.
Health Consequences of Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa can be extremely harmful to the body. The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles can damage the entire digestive system and purging behaviors can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions.
Some of the health consequences:
Who gets it?
What causes it?
There is no one cause of bulimia, however biological, psychological and sociocultural factors contribute to the development of this condition:
Genetics: More than 50 percent of the risk of developing an eating disorder is based on genetics, underscoring a strong familial component to these illnesses.
Personality predispositions: a distinct set of personality traits has been found to be common among those at highest risk for bulimia. Traits like the following tend to characterize those struggling with bulimia and other eating disorders:
A culture obsessed with body image: The larger cultural narrative around dieting, binge eating and obesity is a prominent sociocultural factor influencing the development of binge eating disorder.
How is it treated?
At ACPN, our trained multi-disciplinary team provides evidence-based treatments based on Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) . CBT-E is a special kind of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) developed by Prof Christopher Fairburn (Oxford University) that is specifically designed to treat the Eating Disorders
With proper treatment, a full and lasting recovery is possible. The ACPN has the only specialized program in the U.A.E. dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders, like Bulimia Nervosa.
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