If you’ve been diagnosed with bulimia nervosa or if you think you may have bulimia you may be wondering “what is the recovery rate for bulimia nervosa?” Bulimia nervosa is actually a mental disorder. Symptoms – it usually involves binge eating and then some type of behavior to compensate for the binge eating and avoid gaining weight.
Usually the compensation for this binging is purging, which is vomiting, but there may be other ways to compensate for it. So if you binge but don’t purge it does not mean that you don’t have bulimia.
Also people with bulimia nervosa symptoms usually purge or vomit to avoid weight gain but a person who purges after he or she eats is not necessarily a bulimic. Bulimics generally are of normal weight or are a little overweight or a little underweight. So you usually cannot tell whether a person is bulimic or not by looking them.
Also a person who purges or vomits after eating may not have bulimia if they do not maintain a healthy body weight. They may have what is called anorexia nervosa, purging type.
What is the recovery rate for bulimia nervosa? The recovery rate will depend on the type of treatment and the treatment program one chooses. In general, 55% to 85% of people who receive bulimia treatment go into remission within 90 days. But the relapse rate occurs often and approximately 14% to 26% still meet the diagnostic guidelines for bulimia months and even years later.
So one of the important factors once it has been determined that you have bulimia nervosa, is choosing the best bulimia treatment program to ensure the best recovery rate.
You can find good treatment programs in your area. By contacting your doctor you should be able to get some good references. Or you can check online for bulimia or eating disorder treatment centers or programs that are close to home. You want to find competent and professional people who are experts in eating disorder treatment. Natural treatment is best.
You’ll need to gather a team of psychotherapists, dietitians or clinical nutritionists, eating disorder doctors and eating disorder therapists. Support groups are helpful too. These may all be a part of a program which is the best way to go. If you cannot enter a program then you can form your own team by starting with your family doctor and get referrals.
Thousands of people with bulimia nervosa have fully recovered. So what is the recovery rate for bulimia nervosa? Even though we know the percentage or the statistics for this eating disorder it will depend on the treatment program. Continue to do research so you’ll fully understand this eating disorder and what you can do about it. If you have bulimia or think you may have it or another eating disorder know that you can recover. You can do it!