We are here to help your child who is dealing with Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder in which she cycles through periods of large food intake, alternating with fasting times. Purging (through use of laxatives, enemas or self-induced vomiting) is frequent. Bulimia is closely correlated with body dissatisfaction (and, while not unheard of with boys, is far more common in females).
Noteworthy symptoms and side effects include ulcers, constipation, tooth decay, dehydration and esophageal inflammation. Because there is not usually a striking variation in total body weight, and your child may well be average or above average in weight, Bulimia is trickier to detect and diagnose than Anorexia.
Here to Help your Teen with Bulimia Nervosa
Remedies are available, typically a combination of psychotherapy and (anti-depressant) medications. Your child might find success in working with a dietician, too, to help establish healthier nutritional and eating routines.
As you might suppose, your teen will greatly profit from family support to help with the Bulimia Nervosa. Whether the origin is hereditary or not, body image (often a distorted one) is at the core of this disorder. Alternating menus and family eating practices can go far towards encouraging healthy habits, reducing the odds of regression after Bulimia treatment has ended.
Untreated, Bulimia can progress to many different serious, even grave complications. Digestive problems (from laxative abuse), gum disease, dehydration (possibly leading to kidney failure), depression, risky activities, and coronary problems (even heart failure) are not unheard of.
Some studies show that boys both lose and gain weight faster than girls. But whether it’s your son or daughter who is suffering with Bulimia, the faster the disorder is treated and the faster they get back to their normal growth curve, the better the long-term prognosis.