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Bulimia, a type of Food Behavior Disorder (TCA)

Written by: Julia Vidal Fernández
Published: | Updated: 24/02/2020
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Bulimia, also called bulimia nervosa, is a behavioral disorder Food (TCA). It is characterized by heavy binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors such as vomiting, excessive exercise or laxatives and / or diuretics.

bulimia Bulimia causes very harmful consequences for the person who suffers. Some of them may be irreversible and serious harm to the person concerned, such as tooth decay, damage to the esophagus, digestive disorders, peptic ulcers and hormonal irregularities.

Within Eating Disorders (ED) they are also included anorexia nervosa, obesity, binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome food.

According to experts in psychology , millions of young people, mostly women, suffer from Eating Disorders (ED).


Bulimia: What are the symptoms?

Symptoms that indicate that a person has bulimia are many.

  • Emotional: fear of gaining weight, body obsession, guilt, anxiety, sadness and depression
  • Behavioral: dieting, eating large amounts of food, have a restrictive diet or excessive exercise. Tendency to lie, hide food, stop eating with the family, avoid lunch or dinner with friends.
  • Concern Figure
  • Sudden weight changes
  • Changes in appearance or in their dress, such as the use of loose clothing
  • Unexplained changes in behavior, such as becoming introverted / o isolated from social life
  • Increased irritability (all bothered) is sadder, etc.
  • Come alone / or when previously he did not eat or always putting the excuse that has already eaten
  • Use laxatives, diuretics or enemas
  • You may have difficulties in their studies
  • Judge your life under a vision of body image
  • Gastrointestinal or endocrine disruption
  • Changes in eating habits and nutrition
  • Making excessive exercise
  • Family and relationship with other people or friends / ace problems


Treatment for bulimia

Bulimia is a behavioral disorder Food (TCA) and as such must be treated by a psychologist, who will work as a team with a psychiatrist and nutritionist if necessary.

Treatment for bulimia is based on:

  • have information about the problem
  • modify inappropriate behavior with respect to food
  • have a realistic picture about your body
  • achieving adequate and stable emotional state
  • restore social relations

Currently, there are the necessary and sufficient technical knowledge to successfully treat bulimia without relapses. People who have suffered bulimia get to have an absolutely normal life, maintaining a proper relationship with food, your body and emotional wellbeing.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Julia Vidal Fernández

Health psychologist and Director since its founding in 1995, Area Human Psychology: Research, Innovation and Experience in Psychology. Centre authorized by the Community and the City of Madrid. Specialist in Clinical Psychology with over 20 years of professional experience. She is an expert in Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Personality Disorders, expert in the treatment of emotional aspects of medical diseases: inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, cardiovascular disorders, etc. and eating disorder (bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, etc.). It combines clinical practice with teaching and teaching courses at the Complutense University and other public and private organizations. He has published articles in various scientific journals, scientific papers exposed in national and international conferences and worked with different research groups.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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