Eating disorders are among the most life-threatening of mental illnesses. What is it about bulimia nervosa that puts a person’s health at such grave risk? Bulimia nervosa is characterized by weight control behaviors such as abuse of laxatives and a recurrent binge and purge cycle, which affects the functioning of the major systems in the body.
Roughly 25 percent of individuals suffering from eating disorders also exhibit other self-destructive behaviors such as drug addiction, alcoholism and cutting, or self-injury. Like eating disorders, self-harm generally arises out of low self-esteem and is used as a way to cope with painful emotions or experiences
Everyone in eating disorder recovery needs a support system. For teenagers and young adults who are recovering from an eating disorder, that support system often revolves around family. Teens and young adults typically return home after eating disorder treatment – and while returning home is beneficial in terms of the availability of support, it can also present a few challenges.
For recovering eating disorder sufferers, it can take years before one is able to live a happy and healthy life without occasionally slipping into old ways of thinking. These moments are inevitable, but they don’t necessarily mean that a relapse is unavoidable. The key is to recognize when warning signs arise and to take preventive measures. And if you haven’t yet sought professional eating disorder treatment, you might want to consider doing so before you revert to old habits.
The 14-person Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deny approval for Arena Pharmaceuticals to sell the weight loss drug lorcaserin in the United States.