I received an Email from a distraught sufferer who gained over 3 kilos in weight in one week and second week the weight gain continued. She was so upset and couldn’t understand why despite using all the behaviors, her weight was rapidly increasing? It was scary but answer was simple her body knew and was no longer tolerating her behaviours. Now for the first time in five years, she’s getting help for her secret illness.
I’m sharing something very powerful with you. This is to make you aware of what happens when one uses Eating Disorder as a Weight Loss program. (I pray Inshallah it will help you to put many things into perspective). This chapter is very powerful and really has made people rethink their Eating Disorder.
This is taken from Kathy Welter Nichol’s Book Chasing Hunger.
CHALLENGE 1 STARTING OVER: BACK TO THE BASICS
Obesity and diabetes are a reality; eventually bulimia stops controlling weight as systems break down.
Amenorrhea; losing your monthly cycle can lead to infertility as well as osteopenia and osteoporosis as your bone density is slowly leeched without the proper regular menses and hormones supplying it.
The stomach is swollen and soft from binging, purging and heavy restricting. You have a continual bulge of bloating due to the stress hormone cortisol and from consuming high levels of sugar and junk food and it will not go away.
Your heart is suffering, potassium levels fall to deathly levels, and your physical symptoms are dangerous.
No one trusts you; your word doesn’t mean much, most of your friends are people with same lack of commitment to other people’s time. You find you are often dumped, forgotten or just left out. You use bulimia and isolation instead.
Negative mood swings are common you just don’t have any resources to manage the simplest interactions and these moods often get taken out on the people who love you the most.
You have adopted the attitude of what goes in must come out, so you don’t use supplements to take very good care of your body in other ways either.
Brain Chemistry alters further as survival mode kicks in, obsession about food, thinking about food, planning for binges, all drive the anxiety, tension and fear, which centres on the primary focus of planning “my next fix”.
Sugar gives you the high and also the depleted extreme lows, depression is common, feeling of low self worth, obsessions, around thinness and the fear of weight gain, “did I eat too much, did I get it all out? What is normal?
Moral components fall away to the power of the addiction; lying, stealing and waste which you never would have considered before become a part of everyday life.
Emotional issues are dealt with through bulimia, so you never resolve or master experience, you use bulimia instead. Anger sits uncomfortably just below the surface, vaguely masked by bland expressions.
As bulimia depletes essential nutrients and amino acids it affects mood swings increasing isolation, fear, self-judging and robbing you of the ability to control impulses. GABA an essential amino acids drive impulses that are out of control; yeast overgrowth occurs from the sugars, carbohydrates and lack of protein which drive the system to frenzy. I must have my daily fix.
You don’t know how to Stop. You try, but you never do it. As behaviour escalates the damages increase; panic attacks, unnecessary fears, emotional outbursts as the brain craves its daily fix.
Visit Offical Site: Self Help and Post Recovery Skills for Bulimia and Disordered Eating
Please do take out some time to watch these videos on Bulimia Breakthrough Session with Kathy Walter Nichols. They can really make a difference in your life Inshallah.