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Teenage Bulimia Treatment

Bulimia is a well-known eating disorder which affects a staggering number of people across the world.


It is often associated with young women, but it is also rising in the number of men who are now being diagnosed with the problem, although very few seek teenage bulimia treatment.



Bulimia is one of the most common forms of eating disorder in the United Kingdom, and a number of high-profile cases have helped to bring the condition to prominence, allowing more people to understand what it involves.


Understanding Bulimia


Whilst many people associate addiction with substances, bulimia is also an addiction due to the compulsive behaviour that it creates or is rooted in. It is a mental health condition which seems to have such simple solutions, but the reasons behind it are often very complex, and are rarely actually related to food itself.

Causes of Bulimia


Bulimia is recognisable as a condition in which the person involved binge eats large amounts of food which are often high in sugar or carbohydrates. This is done rapidly and secretively, and the sufferer then purges themselves through self-induced vomiting or the taking of laxatives or diuretics.


In some cases, the sufferer may prefer frequent intense exercise in place of the binges. Some of these incidents may be planned whilst others will be in reaction to stress, negative moods or situations which are emotionally, physically or academically demanding.

  • Psychological Conditions
    Eating disorders all stem from psychological conditions and this can in turn lead to very real physical health problems. Those who suffer with bulimia are often thought to be impulsive and may have exhibited obsessive compulsive traits during childhood. They may be prone to mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression.


  • Diet Related Illnesses
    Illnesses which focus on diet, such as diabetes seem to feature highly in those with bulimia, and those who need to concentrate on their weight for their occupation, for example, sports people or models, also seem prone to suffer from the condition. It can also be a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and appears common amongst homosexual men.


  • Trauma
    Situations including controlling parenting, traumatic events, high parental expectations and competitive school environments have all been found to contribute to the reasons for bulimia, as do life events such as house moves, illnesses and pregnancy.

Symptoms and Effects of Bulimia


The health risks associated with bulimia are varied and highly dangerous, so it is important to seek help for anyone suffering from the condition as soon as you can.

  • Physical Damage
    The binge and purge cycle can cause damage throughout the body, affecting the heart and the other major organs. It can result in dehydration, weakness, dizziness, mood changes, involuntary vomiting caused by oesophageal tears and inflammation, laxative abuse, malnutrition, tooth decay and the onset of diabetes.


  • Mental Damage
    As well as the physical symptoms, bulimia can lead to further mental health complications including anxiety, poor impulse control, depression or isolation

If you notice anyone in your home vomiting frequently, heading off to be alone after each meal or see signs of binging such as finding large numbers of food wrappers amongst their belongings, then you should try and broach the subject gently. It is important to win their trust, and not to cause the sufferer to become more secretive as a result of your suspicions. 


At Archangel, we can guide you in the best way to approach the subject and will work with you to encourage them to stay with us as we help them to get well again.

How can Archangel Help?

Eating disorders are the type of conditions which require treatments for both the body and mind. This is why we take a holistic approach to all of our teenage bulimia rehab processes, and everything we do is specifically tailored to the individual. This will be determined by the way in which their bulimia manifests itself and the personal situation that your loved one finds themselves in.

Food Education and Therapy

Our cookery and nutrition classes will work alongside therapy sessions to create a new attitude towards food and help to develop healthy habits and routines. Our therapy will take a gentle approach and will not only take the form of talking, but also yoga and other activities to help create a new focus and the help the patient find different ways to centre themselves and cope with difficult situations.

Finding the Root of the Problem

Our trained experts will work with your loved one to find the underlying causes for their bulimia. As these are often due to other mental health conditions or significant life events. Once these causes have been identified we can offer the appropriate therapy for the patient and their family to offer a complete form of healing.

How it Works

At Archangel’s bulimia treatment centre we start by listening to you. As the parent or carer of someone suffering from bulimia, you will know more than anyone about what they are going through and the possible causes for the condition.

We will also give you the chance to get to know us better and find out more about what we offer and how we work, giving you the opportunity to ask anything you need to.

Residential Therapy


When your teenager comes to stay at our residential centre, they will be under constant care in a relaxed and friendly setting. We will welcome them into our lifestyle classes as well as our therapy session to ensure that they feel part of the Archangel family.


We offer family therapy sessions to allow everyone the chance to speak openly and understand the condition fully. If any underlying causes affect the rest of the family we will work through this together, so that you can all feel as though you are moving forwards and in a better place when the treatment process is complete.

Helping your loved one and Family Together

We will work with your loved one and the family to cover the causes of their behaviour and establish coping techniques that do not lead back to the damaging habits they have become accustomed to.


We understand that there is no quick fix for conditions such as bulimia, so our treatment is designed to take as long as it needs for everyone involved to heal.