Patient Comments: Bulimia - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with bulimia.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I am 18 years old and I started binging and purging about 3 years ago. I am currently trying to stop myself but nothing seems to help. I tried to exercise more or eat only healthy foods, but it always fails. I don't know what to do and I don't know how to help myself. I know my body is getting weaker and my salivary glands are starting to swell. When I look into the mirror, I realized how much I hate myself for ever starting this eating disorder.

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Comment from: Jen, Female Published: November 10

I am 28 and have been making myself sick for two years. I have tried various diets and exercise to avoid doing this, but I always come back to this method. I don't really know what I am trying to achieve as I know I am slim (size 8/10). I feel incredible guilt if I eat fatty foods, or eat late at night as it is mainly dinner I get rid of. I live with my boyfriend who adores me, but I can't help it and its getting harder to hide. I admit I like the feeling of control. I use to be depressed and was on medication but I am okay now, I have somehow developed this habit I can't stop.

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Comment from: sam, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I am affected with bulimia. It started with curiosity. I heard it on shows. Someone was using a toothbrush. I figured that it couldn't work really, but it did. I said to myself, “Im doing this because I want to.” To my surprise it became an addiction. When they say that cigarettes are addicting; they aren't compared to this. It hurts your throat. I am self-conscious.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

Bulimia is the scariest thing I have ever dealt with, and I have a very risky job. It has torn apart my body and my life over the past nine years. Despite all of this, I know for a fact that recovery is possible. Even if it is a lifetime effort, you can succeed even just one moment at a time. Do not be discouraged; press on because you are worth it. I know you get scared whether it is you or someone you love with this disease, but there will be a better day when you remember what it feels like to really be alive.

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