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 seven possibilities:
  • Brain Tumor
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Low Serotonin
  • Poor Digestion
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Food Allergies
  • Liver Congestion

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe flatulence
gallbladder attacks
indoor allergies
allergies in family members
hydrogenated fat consumption
undigested food in stools
craving but not eating wheat
painful menstrual cramps
sugar-free soft drink consumption
severe current middle ear infection
being a recovering alcoholic
... and more than 140 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
Ovarian Cysts 93% Confirm
Need For Dietary Improvement 29% Unlikely
Food Allergies 12% Unlikely
Poor Digestion 5% Ruled out
Brain Tumor 4% Ruled out
Low Serotonin 1% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 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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