Your Bulimia Recovery Blog
Your Bulimia Recovery Blog
Hi there and welcome to your Bulimia Recovery Blog. I say ‘yours’ because I’ve created this blog with you in mind, someone who’s where I once was; struggling with bulimia and who now wants to be free or is at least curious to find out more.
And so, you’ll discover information to inspire and support your own recovery in the posts here on your Bulimia Recovery Blog. Information and insights either from my own personal experience and research or from mentoring and coaching others, along with any news and views from other experts in the field of eating disorders and beyond.
I truly believe in THE POWER OF A NEW PERSPECTIVE as a tool to cause change, so not all the posts will be directly related to bulimia or bulimia recovery. However I invite you to keep an open mind and be curious as they will indirectly relate and I share them with you to stimulate new understanding and insight and be a catalyst for your bulimia recovery. SO, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN & ENJOY.
If you'd like to have any of your questions answered or to read about specific topics or ideas on your bulimia recovery blog then please write to me at Julie@bulimiafree.com.
And what’s more worrying is the increasing trend of young women who are resorting to drastic measures, including surgery, in an attempt to achieve this look. The Times article goes on to suggest that society’s obsession with how we look is influencing what young people focus on. They explain how,
The media gets a lot of blame for triggering body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem and eating disorders. And perhaps it’s fairly placed when you consider how they bombard us with all those images of airbrushed ‘beauty’ and ‘perfect’ bodies.
For me it stemmed from my career as an international model and the pressure I put on myself to look a certain way. In short, I felt my looks and shape defined who I was as a person and so I became terrified about getting fat. In turn my relationship with food took a dangerous turn and the bingeing and purging became frequent and habitual.
What’s more, it means people with the “right” genetic make-up benefit, whilst the rest of us struggle to fit in by dieting, applying make-up or even resorting to surgery. Just take a look at any glossy magazine and you’ll see evidence of our on going struggle to “fix” the bits we don’t like as we strive to achieve the celebrated status of beautiful.
In fact, given the right conditions and triggers, bulimia can afflict just about anyone. And a group of people that are often overlooked are women in their mid-life, who have one of the sharpest rises (as a percentage) in those seeking bulimia help. Aging can be a challenge for many women as their bodies change and although they feel young inside the mirror tells another story.
The first time is pretty nasty. After all it’s not easy forcing your fingers down your throat. And then there’s the horrible acidic taste of regurgitated food. But the payoff is it makes you feel better – you tell yourself you’ve stopped all that food leading to weight gain – and anyway, you’re not going to do it again…
It’s a paradox I explored in my last post when I discussed the dangers of a restrictive diet and the similarities between the symptoms of under eating and the side effects of bulimia.
Perhaps you point the finger at your genetic make-up, your addictive personality or some deep-rooted self-esteem and confidence issues that stem from your childhood.
Eating Disorders and Body Image: How Can We Protect Our Children From The Pressures Of Modern Living?
You can’t discuss statistics such as these without taking into account modern society. In recent years the pace of life and change has accelerated to such as extent that it can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused and even lost.
Unfortunately, it’s conversations such as these that can lead to a variety of eating disorders. In fact, a battle with your body is the likely reason bulimia developed in the first place. It was for me.
There’s an out-dated paradigm influencing how women like you overcome your eating disorder. And it doesn’t work. Worse still, if you’ve tried any of the traditional treatments it’s likely they’ve actually reinforced your bulimic habits entrapping you further.
If you have bulimia you’ll understand how it can hijack and destroy your life. I was desperate to stop and tried all kinds of methods – but nothing worked.