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Is bulimia really such a big deal?

by Richelle
(Frisco, tx)

I've always had issues with my body and have tried just about everything to be skinny. My worst fear is to become fat so for the past few months I've thrown up 2 to 6 times a day. But I feel like everyone does this and it's just normal now. So I feel like it's okay to do it, but it's hell and I'm tired of it. Is bulimia really such a big deal? Does everyone do it?

Thanks, Richelle

Shaye Says

Hi Richelle,

Bulimia definitely isn't 'normal' although it is a common eating disorder (although most people are secretive about it)

The problem with bulimia is that it starts off as just something you do 'every now and then' and very quickly it takes over your life... Before you know it, 1, 2, 3 4 and even 10, 20 years have passed - all lived out with the stresses and shame of bulimia.

I lost 10 years of my life to bulimia... if I had known right at the start what it would have turned into - I would have got help right away. I would have made sure I stopped...

Bulimia is such a big deal... It can consume such massive chunks of your life - and it can be fatal too. I was very much on the road to my grave when I decided to get help for my bulimia. My heart was missing beats, I had electrolyte imbalances (which can lead to sudden heart attacks), my teeth were rotting away (I have 10 fake teeth and 30 fillings now at only 24 years old!) I was exhausted and depressed all of the time... It was hell... And just as you are feeling now - I was tired of it too.

I am sure that anyone reading your message right now who is suffering from bulimia will urge you to try to recover right away... Instead of letting this go any further. Many people who read my site have had bulimia for 20+ years and their lives and looks have paid the price.

Bulimia might seem like a good weight loss strategy to begin with - but over the long term, it often makes people gain weight (due to massive binges) and it gives them a puffy face, decaying teeth, grey bags under the eyes, sores on their lips, thinning hair, lanugo (increased body hair) and more... Bulimia doesn't do anything for your looks... You can see the difference in my appearance now that I have recovered - and when I was bulimic from the photos below. You can see my health and happiness radiating now - whereas before I just looked sick...

Above is a picture of me with my boyfriend Tom - it was taken when I was 17 and my bulimia was pretty severe...

Below is a picture of me a few years after my bulimia recovery... You can see how much better I look! I am the one on the left with the reindeer antlers!

If you learn how to listen to your bodies hunger signals to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full - you will settle at your healthy weight. You won't get 'fat'...

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please ask.


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