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Bulimia Nervosa
Beauty for Ash and Stone
: Eating Disorders - Day 22 by MelB

Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Day 22

~ Eating Disorders - Bulimia ~
The National Institute of Mental Health reports 1 percent of adults in the United States suffer from bulimia.  Another 2.8 percent experiences a binge eating disorder without purging.  Younger women are more likely to develop bulimia; however, it affects individuals regardless of gender, age, economic status or lifestyle. 

Bulimia nervosa or bulimia involves binging, or excessive overeating followed by purging—to get rid of the food consumed by vomiting and/or taking laxatives.  Binge eating can fill a void inside, or stuff down hurt and anger.  Food may be viewed as the only friend the victim has and one that won’t turn on them.  Purging is used to manage weight or prevent weight gain.  Purging may release emotions or be a punishment for something the person feels they don’t deserve such as love.  Food can be a weapon to gain control and forget the pain.  Excessive exercise, enemas, fasting, laxative use or a combination of purging methods are used as alternatives to vomiting. states frequent binging and purging puts severe stress on the body.  Stress on the heart from laxative use and daily vomiting may cause arrhythmia, heart palpitations, heart attacks, or death.  Repeated vomiting erodes tooth enamel, leading to yellow teeth, mouth sensitivity and rapid tooth decay.  Bulimia in women often causes infertility.

Repeated binging stretches the stomach and increases the amount of possible food intake.  In extreme cases, binging rips the stomach lining and causes stomach acid to spill into the rest of the body, often with fatal results.  Chronic painful stomach problems may develop as a result of bulimia.  Chronic gastric reflux is also a common problem.  Inflammation of the esophagus is also typical.  Bulimia may cause gastroparesis, a partial paralyzing of stomach muscles.  Chronic health issues do not disappear after overcoming bulimia.

A preoccupation with weight, including the fear of gaining weight is a strong indicator of bulimia.  Bulimics often eat alone and hide the evidence.  Finding a stash of food wrappers, spending a great deal of time in the bathroom, and excessive time at the gym are telltale signs.  Those who induce vomiting frequently may have cuts on their hands from their fingers hitting their teeth.  There may also be red marks on their face from broken blood vessels.

The addition of recreational drugs creates a dangerous and deadly combination.  Induced vomiting and stimulants, such as cocaine, can lead to heart attacks.  Binge drinking and bulimia also increases the risk of heart attacks.  Laxatives mixed with weight loss drugs and recreational drugs, can lead to dangerous drug interactions.

Seek medical treatment if you or someone else is in immediate danger or visit or call 1-888-232-6949.

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 14:17     


Author Notes
This is a Christian devotional book for survivors of sexual abuse. It is not meant to be the primary source, but a single tool used in conjunction with other resources, in addition to counseling and/or a sexual abuse support group. The "chapters" are short because they will be pages, not chapters in the book. Each day is meant to build on from the previous day. If you are reading a single "chapter," you may not understand the full intention of this book.


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