- only approximately 10% of people with bulimia receive treatment
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- lifelong battle
Information collected from various sources demonstrates that 1.1% to 4.6% of women and 0.1% to 0.5% of men will develop symptoms characteristic of bulimia during their lives. Bulimia mostly affects groups of people for which a slim figure is beneficial, such as modelling, acting or figure skating. The first episode of self-induced vomiting and the realisation that this is an effective method of weight control is often very important for the development of a disorder that can shatter life for years.
Symptoms and effects of bulimia
Uncontrolled wolf-hunger attacks lead to a variety of mood disorders, anxiety, and neuroses. The typical response of a person suffering from the illness is an attempt to restore control over the body and calm down – through dieting, physical exercise, and self-induced vomiting. However, the guilt that accompanies bulimia results in withdrawing from social interactions, changing life plans and often reaching for drugs and alcohol.
The most common symptoms of bulimia
- episodes of overeating, coupled with a feeling of loss of control, occurring at least twice a week
- self-induced vomiting
- taking laxatives and diuretics
- taking appetite suppressants
- intense physical exercise
In order to stop the cycle of compulsive eating and purging, the best care of a nutrition specialist is necessary, supported by psychological and pharmacological therapy. Changing the way of thinking about the body and recognising the sources of disorders is a complicated process that we monitor at each stage at TKP. Detailed laboratory and environmental analyses allow us to present a unique treatment plan and meet your personal needs. Individualised care allows flexibility in the pursuit of the best possible results, always in total privacy and maximum comfort.
Monica, aged 25
“There’s the risk of judgment, the fear you’ll be misunderstood, or that people just won’t care. Being vulnerable is hard, but often openness, honesty and self-disclosure can lead to strength and empowerment. The Kusnacht Practice’s treatment programme and its individual approach have brought me hope. Now I am on a catwalk for myself.”
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