(Original post by ant87)
if someone occassionally tries to make themselves sick after meals, but never really succeeds, and is relatively in other areas of their life, does this person have bulimia/other eating problem?
It depends what else they do. Bulimia can be diagnosed if the person is engaging in other “compensatory” behaviours e.g. fasting, laxatives, excessive exercising, and diuretics and so on. Attempting to purge in itself does not constitute bulimia, though it is possible, (well quite likely since they’re trying to purge) the person has some kind of issue. Erm, please don’t tell me you’re starting…
(Original post by Goldilocks)
know exactly how you feel, iI used to try that all the time because i felt so guilty, but could never actually be sick. I guess so long as they dont carry on and do it too frequently it doesnt make them bulimic (if thats how you spell it?!)
Dude, once you start, it’s all downhill from there…Plus, it doesn’t matter if you have the label, the act is still harmful, seriously.
(Original post by SammyD)
The strict definition of bulimia is that for a period of 6 months or more the patient binges (eating an excessive amount of food in a certain time period) which is followed by compensatory behavior such as vomiting, excessive exercise, laxatives or fasting. To be officially diagnosed as anorexic your friend would have to have been doing this at least twice a week for a period of 3 months or more.
A lot of teenage girls experiment with trying to make themselves sick, either to lose weight or as attention seeking, but give up when they don't succeed. If it is a friend who is doing this keep an eye on her, if she has other obsessive tendencies then this is likely to become a problem but otherwise you could just talk to her generally about her eating and try to help her avoid situations where it's tempting to binge/purge, eg don't go to lunch in mcdonalds
Bulimia is purging twice a week for three months. Anorexia has weight criteria, periods etc etc. True, people do “experiment” but EDs are not silly little diets gone wrong.
(Original post by Lozza)
i read that 1/3 of people make themselves sick at some point for weight loss. i think it's stupid. i think people that do it are stupid. why not just eat healthy food in the first place, save yourself a bit of cash by not binging, and dont do something that will kill you? when you make yourself sick, you only throw up 25% of what you've eaten in terms of calories apparently.
Throwing up the odd meal won’t make you lose weight. Yes, I agree vomiting is stupid. People who vomit to lose weight are stupid, but when it goes beyond the initial weight loss drive, then it’s no longer a choice. Yes, it seems so simple, just don’t buy food, don’t throw up, but eventually it becomes something the person no longer has a conscious choice over and people don’t seem to realise that they can’t just stop. It’s not as if bulimics think “Oh whoops, I ate xyz, hmm I’d better go puke now, tee hee…” It’s addiction. Of course it has so many negative consequences, and bulimics are all too well aware of these, but they can’t JUST STOP. It’s really not that simple! Oh, and there’s no set % of calories that get purged. There are so many factors that affect this figure, it’s not even worth discussing. Anyway, it varies hugely. Starbuck is right – you seem to lack understanding and compassion.
Other general comments: EDs are not fashions!!! Gwar!!
Skinny doesn’t equal ED, and ED doesn’t equal skinny. I’d like to bet a few of those people just do lots of coke…
We did EDs at school, it was a joke. So few people have any vaguely accurate ideas about EDs.