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
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Liver Congestion
  • Brain Tumor
  • 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:
morning sickness
high alcohol consumption
sugar/sweet craving
history of stomach ulcers
unusual vaginal bleeding
chronic vomiting
not eating garlic
bitter taste in mouth
dark areas under eyes
chronic headaches
bulging eyes
... 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
Need For Dietary Improvement 92% Confirm
Dehydration 29% Unlikely
Low Serotonin 23% Unlikely
Ovarian Cysts 5% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 2% Ruled out
Brain Tumor 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Poor Digestion 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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