I personally believe we are beyond the point where topics on eating disorders should be taboo. When between 1.25 and 3.4 million people living in the UK suffer from an eating disorder; it’s great to see that we are officially recognising these issues that people face in their day to day lives. Every eating disorder matters, and the longer they go unheard, the harder it is for people to speak up and seek the help they need.
Of the various eating disorders, a large portion (around 40% of all cases) are made up of Bulimia Nervosa. Just like many other eating disorders, there is no one single cause. Rather, it is a combination of social, genetic and psychological factors. Usually, it may appear to be about food, but is really caused by difficult, underlying emotional issues that need to be addressed.
Bulimia is a complex mental illness. It is treatable and with the right treatment, recovery is possible. Bulimia is characterized by a cycle of eating large amounts of food (binging) and then compensating for that overeating by purging (either vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting, and/or exercising excessively).
Are you or is someone you know possibly suffering from an eating disorder?
- Do you ever make yourself Sick because you feel uncomfortable full?
- Do you worry you have lost Control over how much you eat?
- Have you recently lost more than One stone in a 3 month period?
- Do you believe yourself to be Fat when others say you are too thin?
- Would you say that Food dominates your life?
This S.C.O.F.F questionnaire can assist in identifying whether you have Bulimia (or any other eating disorder) without having to ask invasive or triggering questions. If you answered yes, to 2 or more, you may need to seek help from a professional.
It is a brave and courageous thing to reach out for help with Bulimia. There can be such conflict between the part of you that wants to get your life back, and the other part of you that is terrified of letting go of something that has previously helped you to feel so safe and in control.
The truth is that there’ll never feel like a “right time” to recover – there’ll always be a number of excuses for why you could stay in the same situation, and the “voice” of the eating disorder might rail against any suggestion of help and support. But, choosing recovery is the right thing to do! The sooner you get help, the quicker and more sustained recovery is likely to be.
You can live a life free from Bulimia. Friends, family, and eating disorder experts are here to support you on this journey. Please reach out to Wednesday Child, Orri-Uk , Beating Eating Disorders, Anorexia Bulimia Care, if you would like support.