Any History Of Bulimia

What Causes Bulimia?

In order to deal properly with bulimia we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow bulimia to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind bulimia consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to bulimia.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Low Serotonin
  • Poor Digestion
  • Food Allergies
  • Dehydration
  • Brain Tumor
  • Liver Congestion
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Ovarian Cysts

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
onion intolerance
severe right iliac pain
history of painful menstrual cramps
irritated eyes
excessive thirst
history of CFS diagnosis
sugar-free soft drink consumption
history of gallbladder attacks
dry eyes
recent onset vomiting
high added salt consumption
impaired ability to walk
... and more than 170 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bulimia:
Cause Probability Status
Low Serotonin 95% Confirm
Dehydration 22% Unlikely
Poor Digestion 12% Unlikely
Brain Tumor 5% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 5% Ruled out
Need For Dietary Improvement 0% Ruled out
Ovarian Cysts 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eating-related issues, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Bulimia. Have you ever had this eating disorder?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ In the past only, not a current problem
→ Current moderate problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of bulimia, history of bulimia or bulimia, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Brain Tumor

Having had an eating disorder as a child increases the risk of a brain tumor later in life.

Ovarian Cysts

Polycystic or multifollicular ovarian cysts are common in bulimics.

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