We are currently living in a progressive world. Our children are far more advanced and adept than we were at their age. The unconventional, modern and tech savvy society surprises me greatly. I am deeply awed by this machine world. This avant-garde society has marked a deep impression on young adolescents. There is so much expectations from our young generation that they are constantly trying to prove themselves against someone or something. They are constantly engaged in a marathon to match up to that image of the perfect ten!
One of the latest trends among teenagers and young adolescents, these days, is having a super slim figure. Size 0 is a raging mania. Few resort to crash dieting and fat shedding drugs while some turn to even harsher ways of life. Eating disorders like bulimia nervosa has become very common among our teens, especially girls!
Bulimia nervosa is a condition where an individual indulges in large amounts of food and then tries to purge his or her body of the calories consumed by vomiting, harsh, and excessive workout or undue use of laxatives. Side effects of Bulimia is not limited to physical repercussions only. Psychological trauma such as low self-esteem, lack of confidence, self-reproach, and shame are common occurrences in bulimia patients.
What causes Bulimia?
It is hard to pinpoint what exactly causes bulimia, though we can look up various research studies and come to an educated guess: stress, trauma, abuse, negativity about ones appearance, peer pressure, media, high profile and glamour based professions can be the some of the reasons which can lead adolescent minds to such drastic lifestyles.
How can we help?
Bulimia nervosa can be treated once it has been detected. Exhaustive research and treatments are being conducted to combat this destructive eating disorder. Doctors and psychologists have researched and drawn conclusion that young adults and teens recover faster if their families are involved in treatment. How true is that!
Children grow up into strong adults if their foundations are strong. If a child has a secure home, has the confidence to turn to his/her parents in time of need, he or she would think twice before giving in to such harsh conditions. Being involved in our children’s lives and being there for them when they need us and abstaining from comparisons and patronizing these developing minds are significant steps to reinforce self esteem and pride in our teens. Complimenting and appreciating them and helping them realize that they are beautiful as they are; telling them how proud they make us, makes them proud of themselves.
We will talk more about this traumatic behavioral issue and ways to treat it without harsh measures. Alternative therapies such as meditation and yoga, acupuncture and homeopathy are some holistic approaches that can be successfully implemented to fight such anomalies that challenge our precious children. Keep checking back for great insights and tips from our experts!
Tara’s (name changed for privacy) story
Tara is a happily married mom of two. She is successful in her career as a software engineer and very satisfied with her life. But she wasn’t like this always. She was an unhappy teenager who had traumatic episodes of binging and purging all through her teenage years. Her parents were too busy in their professional lives to notice.
Tara’s teacher saw the first signs. The unmistakable smell of vomit was a giveaway and so was Tara’s obsession with her appearance. The enormous appetite and the guilt on her face when she ate made the teacher realize that she had complications. She talked to Tara’s parents and helped the family help each other. Tara’s parents pulled her out of the tight hold of bulimia on time. Tara still has longings of binging and purging but she has support and people who care for her. She is fighting bulimia and is successful in her battle. If Tara can do it, so can the others!
National Eating Disorders Association’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237 for free referrals, information, and advice.