BULIMAREXIA – An eating disorder that has the characteristics of both Anorexia and Bulimia. The person affected by this disorder will cycle between the restricting habits that are associated with Anorexia and the bingeing and purging characteristics of Bulimia. This eating disorder is very dangerous and is even more medically and emotionally damaging than either of the two alone.
After reviewing the data from Dr. Norton’s online survey we found that Bulimarexia had the largest population of those who took the survey.
- 38% identified themselves as having Bulimarexia
- 25% identified themselves as having Anorexia
- 12.5% identified themselves as having Bulimia
- 10.8% identified themselves as Emotional Eaters
- 13.3% identified themselves as Obese
Why Bulimarexia Is So Dangerous
1. The fact that it is not a recognized diagnosis by many professionals yet anecdotal data suggest that many people suffer from it, causes a serious problem for the therapist/physician and creates a potentially dangerous gap in treatment.
2. The cycle of bingeing/purging and restricting is very dangerous and can cause many serious health problems such as decreased bone density, loss of menses (difficulty conceiving), tooth decay and irreversible kidney damage just to name a few.
3. Bulimarexia often goes undetected or thought of as “just a phase”. For example a parent might notice their child’s decreased food intake and some weight loss but just as they start to take notice of this, the child cycle’s into the bingeing component of this disorder. The parent is relieved to see their child eating again, not realizing that she is also purging and their previous concerns are dismissed.
Grocery Shopping – Simple Task or Time Consuming Nightmare?
I don’t know of many people who actually enjoy the mundane task of going grocery shopping but for those who suffer from an eating disorder it can be an absolute nightmare. For them going to the grocery can be time consuming, mentally exhausting and costly. Check the results we collected from Dr. Norton’s Online Survey concerning grocery shopping.
- 75.2% debate whether or not to purchase each particular item
- 44.4% find themselves fantasizing about binging on certain foods while grocery shopping
- 30.1% spend more than they can afford on food
These statistics, which are from a sample of over 125 respondents, are good examples of why Dr. Norton provides the service of shopping coach.
To stay “in the know” check this page for updates from Dr. Norton’s online survey.