Why Does My Loved One Choose to Throw Up?

Why Does My Loved One Choose to Throw Up?With terrible experiences throwing up being burned into your memory, it can pretty difficult to understand why your loved one is opting to throw up after eating. Throwing up after meals– also known as purging– is one of the very clear signs of bulimia.

Without treatment for bulimia, the situation is likely to progress to the point where your loved one has done irreversible damage to her health.

Reasons behind Eating Disorders

Contrary to popular belief, bulimia is often a lot less about controlling weight and more about control in general. No one enjoys throwing up; the act of throwing up is just one other way of trying to control calorie intake. Every individual is unique, and this means that his or her reasons for developing eating disorders will be just as unique. However some common reasons for developing bulimia are as follows:

  • Bulimia is considered a psychological or mental health disorder; it often coexists with one or more other mental health disorders (for instance depression or anxiety) that may contribute to its existence
  • Low self-esteem is a major cause of eating disorders. The reasons for a self-esteem issue can vary, but may include having been teased by others, having been put under extreme pressure to always be perfect, and having been made to feel less than perfect
  • Unresolved childhood trauma that may include physical and emotional abuse
  • Recent life changes and stressors that make your loved one feel like she has no control over her life
  • Assault, whether physical or sexual

The causes of bulimia might seem illogical to you; however, to the mind of a person with a mental health disorder, these reasons are very real and very strong.

How Bulimia Works

Signs and symptoms of bulimia may include the following:

  • Discolored teeth and increased dental problems
  • Eating large amounts of food but not gaining much weight
  • Excusing oneself from the dinner table to run to the bathroom
  • Compulsive exercising
  • Eating large quantities of food in private, and lying about doing so
  • Abusing laxatives as another means of purging

Dangers of long-term bulimia include the following:

  • Infertility problems, primarily in women
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sore and raw throat
  • Sores in the mouth and throat, and even digestive ulcers that can lead to death
  • Dental rot and cavities
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Weight gain
  • Low levels of potassium, which can lead to leg cramps and heart failure

If your loved one is displaying any of the bulimia side effects, it is important that you help her get into a bulimia treatment program before things turn life-threatening.

Help for Bulimia

Just as the reasons behind your loved one’s bulimia could vary greatly, so will the treatment plan that will ultimately work best. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak, confidentially, with our compassionate counselors. We offer rehab programs that will work with your loved one to determine the root cause of the eating disorder. Call us today. There is no reason to delay getting quality professional treatment.