I am bulimia nervosa
I’ll make sure that you determine your self-worth based on the number on the scale
Don’t forget to head to the bathroom after your meal
I’ll let you eat whatever you want
As long as it leaves your body the same way it entered
You’ll always feel weak
Numb and cold
Calluses form on your hands from self-induced vomiting
Suddenly it becomes so difficult to focus on anything
And despite all the pain you face you keep doing it
Until you are a shell of what you once were
Because it’s worth it to have the perfect body
Bulimia affects about 4.7 million females and 1.5 million males in the USA. Bulimia is a type of eating disorder in which someone will binge eat, or eat a large amount of food in a short period, and then will either induce vomiting or go long periods without eating out of guilt. Like other eating disorders, bulimia can affect anyone regardless of their background. In general, bulimia is caused by a constant fear of being “fat,” even if they are nowhere close to being overweight. However, some factors may increase your chances of becoming bulimic. For example, if someone close to you also has an eating disorder you may start to develop one as well. What’s more, those who have depression or anxiety are at a higher risk of developing bulimia since they already view themselves negatively. Finally, those who are already on harsh diets may develop an unhealthy relationship with food that may lead to bulimia.
There are a couple of tell-tale signs that may indicate that one of your loved ones may have bulimia. These include: constantly talking negatively about their body, being reluctant to eat in front of others, fluctuations in weight, long time spent in the bathroom following a meal, and having bruises on knuckles (from self-induced vomiting). Bulimia is a severe disease that can cause many health problems such as heart problems, digestive problems, tooth decay, and gum disease. However, this disease is more mental than physical, so it can potentially lead to suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one is bulimic, therapy is strongly recommended to overcome this obstacle.