Bulimia nervosa is one type of eating disorder in which a person regularly eats excessive amounts of food (binge eats) and then attempts to eliminate (purge) the consequences of overeating by vomiting, taking laxatives or diuretics, fasting or exercising excessively. This is often referred to as “binge and purge.”
Eating Disorders: Awareness is the First Step
Initial weight loss may be attributed to a growth spurt, with a child “thinning out” or losing her “baby fat.” Adolescents may start to restrict their food choices, citing new commitments to vegetarianism, “clean” eating, or a gluten-free diet, masking the eating disorder’s true drive to limit overall caloric intake.
Binge eating, binge watching Netflix, binge drinking, binge shopping. There are many uses in our culture for the word “binge.” But what does it really mean? By definition, binge means indulging in an activity to excess. One activity people often associate with the word binge is eating.
Our experts have three things you should know regarding eating disorders.
More On Our Sleeves Resources
On Our Sleeves: Wilted Flower
What does a wilted flower mean to you? The bowed shape of the flower is telling … a shape that emotes shyness … nervousness. I don’t want you to see me. Maybe you don’t want to be called on in class or in a group setting. You want to hide from the rest of the world.
On Our Sleeves: Sad Face
A sad face is one of the most recognizable signs of sadness or loss, disappointment or feeling bummed out. But for some, it can represent a far more complex range of emotions.