Causes Of Bulimia

Uploaded by CausesOfBulimia on 26.04.2012

Now that is an interesting question – what are the Causes of Bulimia?
You know years after I’d recovered from my eating disorder and had begun working as
a life coach and mentor I got curious as to what had actually caused my Bulimia? So I
started doing some research and was amazed to find that no one really knew!
Everywhere I looked I found different theories and causes of bulimia such as a Genetic Predisposition,
Biological and Chemical imbalances, Environmental Factors such as family upbringing, stressful
events and more recently the negative impact of the media and advertising on body image
and how we should look.
Some said it was all about food others said it was all about emotions or the inability
to deal with them.
Further research revealed it was probably a combination of factors but on a personal
level – which combination? Who or what was to blame?
Now up to this point someone suffering from bulimia might think that they lack the will
power to stop or that there is really something wrong with them genetically, biochemically
or mentally. Perhaps they may feel like they’re crazy at times – I know I did but here’s
the thing…
Almost without exception anyone who has suffered from or is suffering from bulimia, prior to
its onset, has been on a diet.
And..... the effects of under-eating or dieting whether restricting calories or food types
is known to cause
An obsession and pre-occupation with food and weight, accompanied by powerful cravings
for food. Panic and Anxiety
Depression and mood swings, Feeling emotional, oversensitive and unable
to deal with life's up and downs, Low Self esteem and self criticism.
Heightened obsessiveness and compulsiveness. Under-eating negatively effects one’s thinking
which not only impacts the emotions causing both chemical imbalances in the brain and
the body but it also impacts how the under-eater or dieter perceives and responds to the world,
to others and to themselves leading to irrational thinking and causing a downward spiral.
For example if someone is critical this may be interpreted as that person 'having it in
for you' or 'not liking you' rather than perhaps that person is just having a bad day and or
upset with themselves.
If the body’s stress systems aren’t getting the right or enough nutrients to keep us balanced
and able to cope with life we experience panic and anxiety.
Even our genes are not immune from our thinking. Whilst some scientific research shows that
bulimics inherit a gene for addiction it is interesting to note not all people who have
an addiction gene suffer from an eating disorder or any other addiction… so something else
is going on...
There has been much research in a new field of science, the science of epigenetics, which
shows that rather than our genes and DNA controlling our destiny it is ‘signals’ from outside
the cell that control.....or switch on and off healthy and unhealthy genes.
These signals are none other than the energetic and chemical messages that come from our negative
and positive thoughts, the food we eat and the environment in which we live.
Now you might think that you’d have to under eat or be dieting for a long time for these
effects to kick in but that is simply not the case.
Research shows that these effects can kick in after 2 months of restricted dieting!
Now I'm not saying it's ALL about food but if you ask me it is a major contributing factor
and whilst no one seems to agree on the cause of bulimia all recovery methods agree that
the first step to recovery is the introduction of a structured eating plan; eating 3 nutritious
meals and 2-3 snacks every 2-3 hours every day. This takes the body out of it's distressed
state of hunger and sees many of the symptoms of bulimia slip away.
However this can cause a problem for many people with bulimia because they are terrified
of putting on weight. However bulimia is not a good weight management or weight loss strategy.
Overtime research shows that the binging and purging characteristic of bulimia actually
makes you put on weight.
Most bulimics are already within the normal weight range for the age and height and many
recovered bulimics find they are able to lose and maintain a weight that is lower than when
they were suffering once their bodies come back to balance with very little effort.
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