Bulimia Treatment Denver Colorado
& Exercise Addiction Facts
It’s estimated that about 2% of adolescent girls are Bulimic, while up to 15% of adult women have Bulimic tendencies. Although Bulimia is most prevalent among Caucasian women in early adulthood, about 5% of Bulimics are men, and Bulimia can affect people of any race, at any age. Bulimic behaviors include binge eating and purging, and while many individuals with Bulimia may purge by vomiting, others purge with exercise.
Compulsive exercise as a means to compensate for food intake, or to regulate weight is sometimes called “Exercise Addiction,” but may actually be a sign of Bulimia. Other signs of Exercise Addiction include having a compulsion to workout every day (sometimes more than once a day), and being dependent on exercise as a means to regulate mood. The Exercise Addict tends to workout even if injured, and can experience extreme anxiety if unable to exercise.
There are diagnostic criteria which mental health professionals use to determine if you have Bulimia Nervosa, but if you struggle with any of the symptoms listed below, then our EDIT Treatment Team is here to help. If any of these behaviors are problematic for you – interfering with your relationships, career, or your ability to enjoy your life – then we can design a customized treatment plan to guide you on your Positive Pathways of Recovery.
Sometimes it can seem like your Eating Disorder “ED” is your identity.
Can you relate to any of these symptoms?
Bulimia Nervosa involves recurrent episodes of “binge eating” followed by “purging” to prevent weight gain.
At first you thought you’d found a “secret,” where you could “have your cake and eat it too” — without paying the price of weight gain. You discovered that you could overeat or even binge eat, and then “get rid of” what you’d just eaten by purging. Binge eating involves eating a large quantity of food, usually very quickly. Purging involves compensating for binge behaviors by vomiting, or other inappropriate means. You know it’s “not normal” to binge and purge, and you’re aware there are medical risks — and you told yourself you could stop anytime you wanted. But now you can’t stop. When you eat you almost always binge, and when you binge you purge — which is exactly what “ED” wants…
Bulimia Nervosa involves “purging” by vomiting, exercising, fasting, or other inappropriate compensatory behaviors.
Many Bulimics make themselves throw up as a means of compensating for binge behaviors. Instead of vomiting, you might use exercise — walking for miles, or working out at the gym for hours. You might plan your day around exercise, and feel compelled to workout hard every day, as extra compensation for a binge the day before or in case you might binge eat later. You might also feel like you have to exercise in order to have permission to eat. Instead of vomiting or exercising, you might purge through the use of laxatives, diuretics or weight loss aids. You might purge through dietary cleanses or juice fasts. Or you might only have water for days. Perhaps you use several different ways to purge — which is exactly what “ED” wants…
Bulimia Nervosa behaviors tend to be linked to an identity based on body shape and weight.
Image is everything. You don’t know exactly why your looks are so important to you — they just are. Maybe it’s because you believe that with the perfect body, you’ll have the perfect relationship, perfect job, perfect life. You have an ideal body you’re trying to achieve, which may be related to weighing a specific number on the scale, or wearing a specific size clothes. You might spend hours thinking about what you should eat and how much you should exercise to achieve your body ideal. You might spend hours exercising, sometimes working out more than once a day. If you can’t stick to your ideal plan, then you have your “secret” way to compensate. You may have been confronted about your rigid eating and exercise rules, your unrealistic body ideals, and your Bulimic behaviors, but you fail to see how you are compromising your health in the pursuit of beauty. Image is your identity — which is exactly what “ED” wants…
Bulimia Nervosa behaviors may occur once a week, or up to several times a day.
At first, you only purged if you felt like you’d eaten too much – and now, that’s every time you eat. You probably realize the risks of binge eating and purging, and you may have tried to control your behaviors. However, you find it difficult to stop eating once you start, and eating a “normal meal” is almost impossible. Also, even if you succeed in eating a “normal meal,” the “full feeling” you experience is almost intolerable. You may experience a sense of relief when you “feel empty inside,” which compels you to repeat your binge-and-purge behavior. Sometimes you deliberately binge, knowing you’ll purge afterwards. You may plan your day and week around your ritual, knowing when you’ll have enough opportunity outside of other obligations. You probably cancel plans with friends and retreat from family, becoming isolated by your binge and purge behaviors — which is exactly what “ED” wants…
You can reclaim your life – without “ED” as your identity.
Hold onto the hope of complete recovery!
I might be Bulimic and I need help…
What concerning symptoms do you have?
What unhelpful behaviors are you noticing?
What challenging life issues are you experiencing?
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EDIT™ Recovery Plan for Bulimia Treatment Denver Colorado:
At Positive Pathways, we believe that complete recovery from Bulimia is possible! Our EDIT™ Treatment Team will customize a Bulimia Treatment Plan for you. Unlike other programs for Bulimia Treatment in Denver Colorado – which may require inpatient or residential care – we work with clients on an outpatient basis. You’ll learn intuitive eating strategies to help you “normalize” your eating, and mindfulness techniques to work through your urge to purge. You’ll be able to break free of laxative abuse and excessive exercise habits, one step at a time. You’ll discover “what’s eating you” and learn healthy ways of dealing with your emotional triggers. You’ll replace your eating disordered behaviors with your own unique Intuitive Self-Care techniques, which will finally satisfy your insatiable hunger. Are you ready to begin your journey of recovery, from a place of compassionate Self-Love, seeing your wholeness beyond the symptoms of your eating disorder?
YES!!! we do...
- Provide strategies to reduce binges and purges
- Teach Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise
- Address the root cause of Bulimic behaviors
- Guide the development of healthy coping skills
- Partner with medical doctors as needed
NO!!! we don't...
- Treat extreme cases of Bulimia (referrals are available)
- Expect immediate extinguishment of bulimic behaviors
- Attempt to control food intake with meal plans
- Monitor body weight or measurements
- Provide medical treatment (referrals available)