Understanding Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by eating a large amount of food, often secretly, in a short period of time and often in an out of control manner. This is usually followed by purging through self induced vomiting, laxative use, diuretics or weight loss supplements. There is a fear of weight gain and anxiety about weight and body shape.

ABBI Clinic specialises in providing expert day care for adults with Bulimia Nervosa.

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Signs and symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Indulging in food without restraint (bingeing) 
  • Getting rid of the excess food in the body through purging
  • Anxiety about uncontrolled eating
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Theft of small items in order to gain access to food for binge eating
  • Isolating yourself and eating secretively
  • Alternating between withdrawing and seeking approval in social situations
  • Acts of self-disgust or self-harm
  • Striving for perfection
  • Dealing with depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive focus on body image and appearance
  • Using promiscuity to conceal true feelings

A personalised approach to Bulimia Nervosa treatment

Our comprehensive treatment process for Bulimia Nervosa begins with a thorough assessment and diagnosis. We then create individualised treatment plans tailored to each client’s unique needs.

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therapy session for a teenage girl

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Frequently asked questions

Individuals with eating disorders may exhibit traits such as perfectionism, low self-esteem, and a desire for control, but it varies among individuals.

Yes, eating disorders are relatively common, affecting individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of eating disorders has increased and it is estimated that there are approximately 1.25 million people living with an eating disorder in the UK. Around 25% of those are male.

With appropriate treatment, support, and ongoing care, it is possible to heal from an eating disorder. Recovering from an eating disorder is an ongoing process.

Eating disorders usually involve complex factors, and while some may develop unintentionally, many result from a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental influences.

Treatment programmes often accommodate special diets or intolerances, and nutritional counselling can address individual dietary needs.

Binge eating disorder is characterised by episodes of consuming large amounts of food with a feeling of loss of control.

Causes of eating disorders are multifactorial, including genetic predisposition (family history of eating disorder or other mental health condition), psychological factors (depression, anxiety, fear of being overweight, being a perfectionist), societal pressures (social media, having a job or hobby where size matters), and individual experiences (abuse, bullying, personal criticism about diet/eating, family tension).

Anorexia nervosa involves restrictive eating and extreme thinness, while bulimia nervosa involves cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours like vomiting or excessive exercise.

Disordered eating refers to unhealthy eating behaviours, while an eating disorder involves a persistent and severe disturbance in eating habits, often accompanied by emotional and physical issues.

People may develop eating disorders due to a combination of genetic, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

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