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Our team regularly posts blogs on all aspects of bulimia, sharing our particular insights and inspiring recovery.

Diets don't work! Don't believe me? Well, let’s look at the facts about diets and bulimia

Research reveals that Americans now weigh MORE then they weighed twenty years ago... approximately 15 pounds more (Campus 2004). 

It's estimated that 70 million Americans are trying to lose weight on any given day, with an additional 45 million people trying to maintain their present weight. With so many on a diet why are people weighing more than 20 years ago?

The American government estimated that around 88–98% of America’s obese are currently on a diet; so obviously something is going terribly wrong!

Q. Why is our nation not thin?

Ans.  The reason is: dieting is not creating a thin nation, it's doing the exact opposite - this is because diets do not work!

Why diets do not work...

There are many reasons why diets fail.

Diets are too specific

They don't fit into most peoples' daily lives. They dictate what to eat and when and do not consider a persons likes, dislikes, hunger and time.

Does bulimia make you depressed or do depressed people get bulimia?

Good question.

Current research suggests that it can happen either way.

But we strongly believe that bulimia makes you depressed.

Its not surprizing, having bulimia is not fun, but there is some science behind it too.

Endorphins, Malnutrition and Serotonin.

All bulimics restrict there food.

It could be a pruge, a fast after a binge or an excessive bout of exercise.

This means your body is not getting enough food.

Food restriction then leads to mental health symptoms.

Food restriction can lead to:

Food obsession, powerful food cravings, social anxiety, social withdrawal, irritability, mood swings, apathy, relationship problems and ...depression.

When you eat there are thousands of chemical reactions that happen in your body. Inadequate food consumption inhibits and alters these chemical reactions.

Research shows that carbohydrates are needed to produce adequate amounts of serotonin in your brain. This is your 'feel' good chemical, so without an ample amount getting produced upstairs you are going to feel generally miserable and sad.

Having bulimia can cause your brain to start working in a different way. This has a lot to do with Endorphins, Malnutrition and Serotonin.


Endorphins are powerful, natural drug-like chemicals that allow you to experience pleasure, a reduction in pain and lower levels of stress.

Endorphins are natural opiates which have a very similar effect to heroin on your brain. This can explain why having bulimia can sometimes feel like an addiction. Bingeing and purging triggers waves of endorphins which helps to establish the powerful compulsions you feel when you get the urge to binge and purge.

Has bingeing and purging ever given you that ‘high’ feeling? One explanation for this is the ‘flood of endorphins’ that surge through your brain. Of course over time your brain becomes accustomed to your elevated levels of endorphins and needs more to create the same effect. This demand and reliance usually compels you to increase episodes of bingeing and purging.

The obsessive behaviour that you often experience when you have bulimia is often caused by nutritional deficiencies.


Listen as Alison Lee shares her personal struggle with bulimia and takes us on an incredibly honest and inspiring journey through the past 12 months of her recovery.

Alison shares how she went from a life of exhaustion and depression, spending $800 a week on groceries and not knowing how to stop bingeing, to achieving full recovery from bulimia in just 12 months.

She reveals many personal recovery insights along the way too, including how she adapted to structured eating, how she managed to avoid acting on powerful binge urges, the importance of avoiding “people pleasing” during recovery and the advice she wants to give to those of you still struggling with bulimia today.

This is really powerful stuff, so if you’re still unsure about whether recovery is right for you then I urge you to listen to Alison’s story today, it may just end up changing your life! Please note, the interview is around 60 minutes long so you may want to download it your computer
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The information provided in this website is for information purposes only. The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please refer to the full disclaimer and copyright. If you do think you might suffer from an eating disorder, it is important that you talk to your General Practitioner, as there are many physical complications that can arise from being at an unhealthily low weight or from losing weight very quickly, or from purging. We advise you to seek professional help with working on an eating disorder.


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