Our expert says:
NHB, it is called bulimia and can cause serious problems. Bulimia nervosa is characterised by binge eating and then something to overcome the effects of the binge – vomiting, laxatives, diuretics or fasting. Whether this is done out of guilt or whether it is purely a psychological problem or whether it is a combination of the 2 is unclear. What is clear is that these people have a problem with impulse control and may be prone to drug and alcohol abuse too. It is seldom a life-threatening disease, but it can seriously affect one’s health.
It’s important that you find a way to stop doing it because soon she won’t be able to stop. You will have to ask someone close to support her through this so that when she feels guilty about having eaten too much, she can talk to them. She can also direct the negative energy into something positive like exercise. In other words, if she feels like inducing vomiting she should rather go to the gym and swim the kilojoules off. You can also contact CyberShrink for his opinion. Good luck.
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