Bulimia is an eating disorder that has devastating consequences for those afflicted and the ones they love. Despite what some may think, bulimia affects individuals no matter their gender, socioeconomic status or ethnicity. The statistics concerning bulimia are eye-opening and shocking. According to information provided by the Mirror website, bulimia affects approximately 4.7 million females and 1.5 million males.

As stated, this devastating eating disorder affects people from all walks of life—including celebrities. One such celebrity is Hawaii-born actress Nicole Scherzinger. A few years ago, her struggles with bulimia were well documented on social media and the press. Despite her struggles, she was able to overcome bulimia and has shown others they too can overcome bulimia and regain their health and self-confidence.

Learn about the proper treatment program for this type of behavioral bulimia and how you or your loved one can overcome this behavioral disorder for food.

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What is bulimia?

For people who are afflicted with bulimia, they compulsively binge on extremely large amounts of food. When they do so, they feel a tremendous amount of guilt and then attempt to purge what they have consumed through behaviors such as vomiting, laxative use, and overexercising. Because of the shame associated with bulimia, people will go to great lengths to hide this disorder from others. Oftentimes, the root of bulimia is underlying mental issues such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, people with bulimia have suffered trauma in their past that has gone unresolved.

The common red flags associated
with bulimia include the following:

  • Constantly worrying/complaining about their weight and “being fat”
  • Having a distorted body image that is negative
  • Strict dieting or fasting after binge eating
  • Not wanting to eat in front of others
  • Going to the bathroom right after eating, during meals or for long periods of time
  • Exercising too much
  • Having damaged teeth and gums
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Facial and cheek swelling due to enlarged glands
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Overcome Bulimia

Bulimia is closely linked to drugs and alcohol addiction, anxiety, and depression. Bulimics also have a high risk of suicide because they have the tendency to harm themselves.

During an interview, Nicole said that it’s not easy for her to talk about her addiction. According to her, it’s “a shameful thing and it’s a dark place” and that she thought that no one else will correlate and it is embarrassing to tell the world about

Nicole said in another interview that a lot of different things caused her bulimia-after she left for college and it heightened during her X-factor career due to depression. She started losing her voice and there was an incident when her manager found her passed out on the floor. Nicole finally overcame bulimia after she made a brave decision that her addiction has to stop and worked on it. She said that she never gave up on herself and others battling with this disorder shouldn’t give up as well. According to Nicole, it is important to have self-acceptance and not just to put up an image. The healthy image one projects have to come from within.

Is Bulimia fatal?

Bulimia is a serious behavioral condition that can cause death if left untreated. Your body needs the right amount of food to function and sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals for cells to survive. Forced starvation plus electrolyte imbalance because of vomiting and forced bowel movements can lead to severe weight loss, poor concentration, and organ damage.

Hawaii Island Recovery is known for its 69% success rate and specifically-tailored treatment that suits every aspect of a person’s psychological health. HIR uses the four-step therapy to help the client beat this type of behavioral disorder that often originates from issues of self-acceptance, depression and the societal notion that being skinny is beautiful.

With 5 to 10 million women in the United States suffering from eating disorders, it is important to know that this eating problem has a solution. First, a bulimic needs to know what eating disorders mean. It is an abnormal eating habit which can either be lack or excessive food intake. This condition is often related to the cultural view of beauty as well as health issues. Because of the serious nature of this disorder, it is important for bulimics to consult a professional who will give you the support you need.

Getting help from Hawaii Island Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with bulimia, you must find a treatment program that is sensitive to your or your loved one’s specific needs. Also, the treatment facility must have specialized programs and experienced personnel that can provide you and your loved one with the tools and support you need to overcome the debilitating effects of bulimia. Fortunately, Hawaii Island Recovery can help!

Hawaii Island Recovery is known for its 69% success rate and specifically-tailored treatment that suits every aspect of a person’s psychological health. HIR uses a specially created and effective therapy program to help people struggling with bulimia. Our programs focus on the underlying issues that allow bulimia to occur including self-acceptance, depression and the societal notion that being skinny is beautiful.

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When you come to Hawaii Island Recovery, you will meet with an eating disorder specialist who can help you and your loved ones understand bulimia (and other similar eating disorders) and guide you through the treatment process. Treatment staff will also conduct a thorough medical and mental health evaluation to detect underlying issues that will impact your recovery and create an individualized treatment program to address those issues.

Through a combination of nutritional therapy, medical intervention, group and individual therapy and inpatient treatment, the treatment professionals at Hawaii Island Recovery will empower you to overcome bulimia.