Childhood traumas such as sexual assault, childhood neglect or abuse, troubled family relationships, or the death of a loved one can also be a reason for the development of bulimia.According to Dr. Madhu Sarin, a Psychoanalyst who runs the Centre of Psychotherapy and Clinical Research in New Delhi, “The root to most eating disorders like bulimia is a sense of negligence and lack of attention. Strained relationships between parents and the child gives the child a feeling of worthlessness and the need to prove his or her value, which results in them going to extreme lengths to gain acceptance in society. The attitude of the parents, upbringing and criticism affects the behaviour and self-image of the child.”
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