Bulimia Counseling Myths and Facts

Bulimia is one of the most common types of eating disorders, yet also remains one of the most misunderstood.  Individuals who enter bulimia counseling programs are subject to scorn from a percentage of the population because of the misinformation that exists about the condition.  The following will debunk some of these myths about bulimia counseling and provide the real facts behind them.

What is bulimia counseling?

Bulimia counseling is a program that helps treat individuals who eat large quantities of food, then purge that food immediately thereafter, either by vomiting, excessive laxative use, strenuous exercise or other means.  Bulimia counselors work with the individual to help understand the triggers that cause their behavior, and help rebuild their self-image so the root causes of the disorder are removed.

Myths and facts about bulimia counseling

Myth:  Individuals who enter bulimia counseling are all women

Fact:  While women do make up a large percentage of eating disorder sufferers, many studies have found that as many as 10% of all bulimia cases are men.  This number may even be higher considering the fact that men are less likely to report the condition to a doctor, psychiatrist or loved one.

Myth: Bulimia counseling is just for teenage girls

Fact: Bulimia is an eating disorder that can strike individuals of all ages and socio-economic groups.  And although a significant percentage of bulimia patients are young women, the eating disorder treatment programs can help anyone who is committed to changing their lives.

Myth:  There is no real urgency to entering bulimia treatment

Fact:   Bulimia is a potentially life-threatening illness.  The stress put on the internal organs by constant purging can lead to any number of serious health conditions including heart attack, stomach ulcers and other illnesses.

Myth: Individuals in bulimia counseling are forced to eat

Fact:  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In the first place, bulimics can be normal weight and still have the disease.  Bulimia counseling is not like anorexia counseling where the individual displays very distinct signs of weight loss and ill health.  Therefore, there is no reason to force people to eat when they enter bulimia counseling.  Instead the individual is taught why they engage in binge-purge behavior and learn how to change said behavior for the better.

Myth: Individuals in bulimia counseling only have one eating disorder

Fact:  It is possible for those who enter bulimia counseling to also have other eating disorder as well, including anorexia nervosa and other serious conditions.  For these individuals, specialized care is required so that each eating disorder is being treating in context of the bigger picture.  Trained eating disorder counselors can easily identify which disorders an individual is living with, and work with medical professionals to pursue the proper course of treatment.

Moonview Sanctuary offers bulimia counseling for individuals who have seen their health put at great risk because of this insidious eating disorder.  The caring, expert professionals at Moonview can help individuals and their families better understand the causes of the illness, and will provide life-changing strategies for success.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Transformational Health program.

 

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