Many people can suffer with bulimia and other eating disorders for years without finding the help they need.
This could be for a number of reasons. Guilt shame and denial certainly play their parts, but what if you just weren’t sure if you were even suffering from an eating disorder?
We live in a society that has very twisted views of what is "healthy" and "normal" when it comes to food and self perception...
The only really clear difference from someone who is an extreme dieter and someone who is bulimic is that act of purging.
So by simply taking that one extra step you can move form a social accepted activity "dieting" to a socially feared mental illness "bulimia."
No one wants to branded a bulimic. It’s a scary thought. And most people quite naturally would rather not think about “scary thoughts“.
But pushing a scary thought to the back of your mind doesn’t make the problem go away.
Eventually we reach a point where a problem cannot be ignored any longer. A point in our lives where something needs to change.
Ironically, despite binging and purging up to 7x a day I used to pretend to myself that Bulimia never really existed in my life! After each binge and purge I would wash my face and kid on to myself that nothing happened. I guess I thought that I could never recover, so I believed that by pretending it was not there was the only way to get through my day.
This is not recovery; this is hiding in a long miserable sad existence! You are probably aware that by not facing up to Bulimia only allows it to carry on year after year. (Ali Kerr - Bulimia Help Co-Founder)
Remember it’s only possible it fix a problem once you identify what that problem is. So it’s time to be honest with yourself…
Ask yourself the following list of questions. The more questions that you will answer yes, the more likely it is that you are suffering from bulimia.
This is not an exact science and is in no way meant to replace a real diagnosis.
You will need to visit your doctor in order to receive a formal diagnosis for your eating disorder (if you have one).
1. Do you skip meals, limit calories, cut out certain food groups or restrict your food in any way?
2. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about food?
3. Do you feel you lack control in your life?
4. Do you spend a lot of time trying to avoiding food?
5. Does your relationship with food or your body impact your ability to manage work, school, or relationships?
6. Do you binge eat or eat when you feel upset or emotional?
7. Do you use diuretics, laxatives, diet pills, or vomit?
8. Have other people told you that you are thin when you feel like you are overweight?
9. Do you sacrifice time with friends and family to exercise?
10. Do you obsessively check your appearance in the mirror and weigh yourself often?
If after reading through this quiz you feel that you may have bulimia then you can also check out the specific diagnostic criteria for bulimia.
Please don’t worry if you do have Bulimia, it is much more common than you could possibly imagine. You are not alone and you CAN recover!
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