FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How can I found out if I suffer from Night Eating Syndrome?

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Night Eating Syndrome (NES), is an eating disorder that is characterized by the presence of nocturnal binge eating and loss of appetite in the early stages of the day. You may be suffering from this disorder if you have trouble sleeping, and you tend to wake up frequently during the night feeling the need to eat. Generally, this behavior is implemented in response to stress, sleep disorders and mood. Food is used to adjust the emotional states, such as anger and sadness, especially during evening and night hours, when the calm of these hours distracts from everyday problems and confronts…

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How can I found out if I have a binge eating disorder?

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Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.), is an eating disorder that is characterized by compulsive intake of large amounts of food without resorting to elimination maneuvers. What sets binges is: eating, in a defined period of time, for example two hours, a clearly more abundant quantity of food than most people wouldn’t eat in a similar period of time and in similar circumstances; experience the feeling of loss of control during the episode, that is the feeling of not being able to stop or to control what and how much you are eating. Binges are also accompanied by the following behaviors: eat…

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I know a bulimic person. How can I help him/her?

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First, it is important that you know how to distinguish an healthy eating behavior from a problematic one: it could be that this person follows a very strict diet, but if he/she continues his/her life in a natural way, not necessarily suffering from a disorder. If someone has an obsessive thought than the food, then he/she might suffer from bulimia and may need to be helped.

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If I suspect of suffering from bulimia, who should I contact?

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If you suspect you suffer from bulimia it is important not to follow the advice of a friend, but you have to seek help in people who can help you heal from eating disorder. There are many specialized structures in disorders of nutrition and diet spread throughout the Italian territory are ready to give you support. Following the diagnosis of bulimia nervosa it is determined the treatment to which you will be subjected, depending on the severity of the case. There are four levels of treatment: Outpatient: is the excellent therapeutic in 60% of patients. It makes use of a…

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Is recovery from bulimia possible?

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Less time passes between the onset of the problem and the care demand, the greater are the success and effectiveness of the treatment. You have to turn to professionals and specialized centers, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Those suffering from an eating disorder have within them everything they needs to heal: you must want it strongly, you must have great will power, much motivation and a lot of patience. Obviously, the healing path from bigorexia is uphill, but not be sealed with alone: it needs a lot of people, such as professionals, family and friends. Unity is the…

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Is bulimia a disorder that affects only women?

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Males can also get sick from bulimia. In particular, in recent years we are seeing an increase in the number of boys who get sick from eating disorders: 20 years ago a man got sick every 10-15 females, currently 1 male gets sick every 4 females. Bulimia occurs in males in the same manner with which it occurs in females and can lead to the same consequences.

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What does it happen if I do not treat bulimia?

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The consequences of bulimia can be very serious if you don’t treat the disorder in the most appropriate and timely manner possible. The results may even be irreversible, especially for the digestive system. In addition, the deficit of vitamins and minerals can cause abnormalities of heart, problems in the beats frequency, bone changes, which can lead to a high number of spontaneous fractures, muscles atrophy, cutaneous alterations and fragility nails and hair. If you resort to induced vomiting, causing you to have the transit of gastric juices into the esophagus and mouth, you can damage the tissues. Frequent use of…

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