|This self-help guide is based on the principles of cognitive and behavioral therapy for bulimia and compulsive overeating. It contains techniques that have been tried and tested in the United States and in Europe. It will enable you to overcome the problems one step at a time as you gradually regain control of your eating.
More than 4% of women (about ten times more than men) in wealthy countries suffer from bulimia. Bear in mind that it is possible for a person to recover completely from this disorder and to be capable of eating normally again, without anxiety. Some people manage to let go of the anxieties that once overran their daily life, specifically those concerning weight and body shape.
However, some people in remission remain vulnerable with regard to eating and the problems associated with it (obsession with weight and appearance), sometimes only during high-stress periods. This vulnerability does not, however, mean that the person is not recovering. Do you know of anyone who has never wanted to lose a few pounds or who hasn't occasionally watched what she ate?
|It is therefore important to adopt a realistic approach to recovery, an approach that allows for an occasional recurrence of eating problems. This conception of recovery allows you to protect yourself both from disappointments and from unwise absolute and rigid ideas: "all-or-nothing" and "all at once", which you undoubtedly know.
This guide is addressed primarily to people suffering from bulimia, but can also be useful to family members or professionals (general practitioners, dieticians, nurses, etc.) supporting a person with bulimia.