It has recently been reported that the lovely Lily Allen has revealed that she battled with the eating disorder Bulimia, admitting that she used to make herself sick after meals.
The team at Breakthrough Retreats have taken this news very seriously as we have been dealing with this issue with some of our clients for a while now, and having recently helped a client to get over Bulimia completely with the help of our Eating Disorder Therapist.
This is not a new story to the headlines and something that some ladies (and indeed Men) and their families have to suffer with everyday.
Approximately 1-2 percent of women in the UK suffer from bulimia. Every year there are as many as 18 new cases of bulimia nervosa per 100,000 population per year and between 1 and 3 percent of young women are thought to be bulimic at any given moment in time. (Bulimia Nervosa Stastics UK, Accessed March 2011).
These are shocking, but very realistic statistics.
- It is shocking to think that the average age of onset of bulimia is 18-19 years.
- Bulimia affects mainly women between the ages of 16 and 40, and is most likely to begin at about 19 years of age. According to some studies, as many as 8 percent of women suffer from bulimia at some stage in their life, and it affects about 5 percent of female college students.
- People who have close relatives with bulimia are four times more likely to develop the disease than people who do not.
- Studies indicate that about 5 out of 10 people with bulimia are healthy 10 years after diagnosis; while 2 out of 10 still have bulimia and 3 out of 10 are partially recovered.
- Approximately 5 percent of bulimia sufferers go on to develop anorexia nervosa.
- Unlike anorexia, it is not usual to die from the severe health effects of bulimia.
Make yourself aware.
Do you know someone suffering from Bulimia? Give them the support they deserve today.
Love and Light,
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