I remember when I first joined Bulimia Help back in 2009 one of the first forum topics I read through was a discussion called “did bulimia make you gain weight?”
To be completely honest, at that stage I didn't understand why people would be talking about bulimia and weight gain in the same sentence.
Bulimia makes you fat? Surely not!
Like so many other people with bulimia I had convinced myself that while it didn’t always help me to lose weight, bulimia must have at least helped me to maintain my weight. When I saw people asking questions like "can bulimia make you gain weight?" I was so confused!
I used to think about how much weight I would gain if I didn’t purge because of how addicted I was to bingeing - but I never even contemplated the fact that if I stopped purging then I would be able to stop bingeing because it seemed like such an impossible concept back then.
Luckily as I progressed through my own recovery I began to realise how ridiculous my “bulimic logic” had been for all of those years, it was like my eyes had been opened for the very first time.
So why do bulimics gain weight?
Here are some of my favourite comments and insights from other members that were posted in the “did bulimia make you gain weight” discussion:
When the b/p cycle first started... I did lose weight. However, the binges over time became larger, and now I find that I've begun to gain back what I lost. (Bulimia Help Member, 2009)
I don’t know why this horrible disease has a hold on me, making me think that I will GAIN if I DONT purge. I used to be naturally skinny and I don’t know why that wasn’t enough... now I’m heavier. (Bulimia Help Member, 2009 )
No one knew i had an eating disorder for 14 years as i was a bit chubby, as soon as i recovered fully in Jan i lost sooooo much weight from eating healthy meals people suddenly started asking if i had an eating disorder! (Bulimia Help Member, 2010)
It sucks, it makes you fat, when you want to be thin. It is the stupidest disease there is.
(Bulimia Help Member, 2011)
It really makes you start looking at bulimia and it’s effects on weight in a whole new light doesn’t it? It's a lot to take in at first though, especially if you've been using your "bulimic logic" for over a decade like I had.
Although bulimia can entrap us because we feel it is a coping mechanism, or because it gives us precious moments of numbness that we feel we just couldn’t function in this world without - it’s undeniable that bulimia also gives us this false impression that it without it our weight would simply balloon out of control.
I know it requires a massive stretch of the imagination at the start, believe me it was the same for me, but the honest reality for most people is that bulimia does NOT help you to maintain your weight and more so, recovery will NOT make you fat!
The Bulimia Recovery System can help you to further understand the true relationship between bulimia and weight gain. If you’re not quite ready to become a full member of Bulimia Help but want to learn more then you can always try out your free 7 Days to Kickstart Recovery eCourse.
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