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Eating Disorder (Bulimia) Support Groups

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Eating Disorder Support Groups

Bulimia support groups are made up of people just like you.

If you haven’t participated in eating disorder support groups before, I can say first hand they can be tremendously helpful.

Having an addiction is hard enough.

Trying to go it alone during recovery can feel just as lonely and unfulfilling as living with your eating disorder.

Listening to others share about their lives and feeling the sense of community when you’re with people who understand first hand what you’re going through can be such a huge relief.

Prepare to be amazed…and uplifted.

Please check out our bulimia recovery ebook filled with real world experiences from recovered bulimics and how they found the best support group for their needs.

Maybe you’re just starting your road to recovery, but you will reach a point where you actually start thriving in bulimia recovery.  You might be hesitant to attend a group meeting in person.  Please don’t be.  You will be amazed at how kind, down to earth and authentic the people are.  They are also an excellent source of information and advice.

Eating disorder support groups can inspire and uplift you

The benefit of eating disorder support, specifically bulimia support groups, is that you’ll be around people who truly understand your struggles.  Addiction isn’t just physically manifested; it’s also in our minds.

Bulimia support groups allow you to share you story, your fears, and your daily battles with ED.  Even just by listening to others tell the story of their eating disorder, you can better understand yourself.  You will quickly realize, not only are you never alone because there are people out there just like you, but they can help you start to make better choices and find your way to a new life.

I’m READY – where can I find a bulimia support group?

Being nervous to meet other recovering bulimics is normal.

Once you decide to attend an eating disorder support group meeting, you may feel nervous to share your feelings. That’s completely normal.  Remember the people in the group are either there for their first time (just like you) or were once and know how you feel.

Realize before you start that it takes time to build new bridges and friendships, but I assure you you’ll connect more quickly with people you meet in recovery than you ordinarily do with people.  You will connect because you share a common bond.  A familiar crutch.

I encourage you to visit a few meetings or attend a few calls and get to know the bulimia support group before you make a decision to stay or move on.  Share what you’re comfortable sharing about – or just listen.

I sat through dozens of meeting without saying a word – ever.

Remember everyone there is attending for the same reason.  Don’t you think they were nervous to share once, too?

If you still don’t feel comfortable after several meetings, maybe the group isn’t right for you.   Don’t be discouraged.  Try another option where the eating disorder support group is made up of people of a different age, maybe a different format (live vs phone vs online) or made up of a different mix of people.

You Have Options

Keep in mind there are lots of types of bulimia support groups.  Don’t get discouraged if the first one you choose isn’t the right fit for you.  Consider your options, try a few different types until you find just the right one.  You don’t have to commit to just one, either.

Think Little Red Writing Hood – this one’s too cold, too hard, too small.  Oh, this one is jussssst right.

Here are a few of the eating disorder support options:

Overeaters Anonymous – One of the largest and most well recognized bulimia support groups.  A 12 step program based upon the format of Alcoholics Anonymous.  In-person meetings across the United States.  Larger cities will have multiple meetings, smaller cities may only have one.  You can expect anonymity in this group.

Online Support Groups – Life can get busy.  If you don’t have time for meetings, or live in a rural area, you can find virtual eating disorder support groups. Try Bulimia Help’s Forum or the Something Fishy Forums.

Group Coaching – You don’t have to go at it alone.  A group session gets you in touch with the same intimate group every week.  Therapists in your city may offer group coaching sessions and the costs can be less than 1:1 coaching.

Counselor / Therapists – Meet with a trained psychologist one-on-one to discuss your needs, thoughts and daily concerns.  You can find an eating disorder therapist in your city or have phone calls with one in a different area.

Recovery Mentors – When you need a symbiotic relationship, a mentor can be a better answer than an eating disorder support group.  Overeaters Anonymous offers sponsors and sometimes through online chat rooms you can find recovered bulimics who are willing to help you overcome bulimia.

Your recovery is in your hands.  It’s a road that will have many twists and possibly a few U-turns. With the right support and the right mindset you can continue on a healthy path to being the very best you.  An eating disorder support group, among other methods, is just one way you can learn to thrive in your recovery.

Pay It Forward and Help Others Thrive in Recovery

I want to hear about your experience with eating disorder support groups (bulimia or anorexia or both).  Contact me by email or post a comment below to let me know what works or didn’t work for you.  Any groups you would recommend to others?

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Hi Polly my name is Carolyn and i am 26 years old. I have been struggling with bulimia for 12 years now and am trying my best to overcome it. I have a very supportive family however throughout the years we have moved to different areas and the topic of my eating disorder is somewhat of a painful issue for them so i keep it to myself mostly. Because i work a lot i rarely have time to meet up with any support groups and am looking for advice on how to help my healing process.

    1. Carolyn,

      You ask a great question and kudos first of all for reaching out and seeking the support that will help you along your path.

      Are you familiar with Shaye Boddington’s online community? Here is a page on my site where I explain it a bit:

      It’s not a substitute for meeting in person if that is what you would like. It sounds like this could be better for your schedule as you don’t have time to meet in person. I would try to reach out to any of the women in that group and ask for offline (phone) support. See if anyone is willing to be a phone buddy with you. These women are also walking the path of recovery and may not be professional coaches or have all of the answers. Yet, if you can find someone who relates to you, can kick your butt when you fall off the wagon and help you get back on track, then I would consider that success. Sometimes we just need someone who understands to talk to and be a sounding board when we can’t figure things out for yourselves.

      Would you give that a try and let me know if I can help further? I have phone numbers for a handful of women who could possibly be phone partners with you if that group doesn’t have anyone to connect with. Email me if you need help, ok?

      Wishing you the best,


  2. I am 18 years old. I had bulimia for around 8 or 9 months, from October 2012- June 2013. Completely recovered besides for the occasional vomit (around 3 or 4) in the 10 months that followed. Now its Nov 2015 and I have “clean” for around a year.

    Wondering about potential health risks?
    CIRCULATION. this is my main concern as I have Raynauds phenomenon. hand and feet get very cold, swell up or feel very hot or very cold, and recently the moment in my fingers (especially when I am typing) has felt restricted.. and the joints in my little fingers feel stiff. IS THIS AN EFFECT OF BULIMIA? should I get it checked out?
    TOOTH DECAY. I go to dentist every 6 months, I’ve just got braces so its more like every 5 weeks now. They have not said anything about extreme tooth decay but I do not want to have my teeth fall out so is necessary to tell them about vomiting past and ask them to specifically look for damage to my teeth enamel?
    WEAK HEART. I am a extremely active person and do loads of running and swimming. I don’t think I have a problem but I don’t want to collapse from a undetected heart problem in the middle of a run.. is 8months of bulimia long enough to cause heart problems and should I go check it out? and should I get my throat checked for acid damage aswell?
    BONE DENSITY. family history of osteoporosis. does 8 months of bulemia cause weak bones?

    but considering all my concerns, besides circulation problems, I have not experienced any effects and I (think) I am very healthy because I rarely get sick and I live a pretty healthy life.

    1. Hi Jess,

      Thank you for your story and I’m SOOOOO happy for you to have fully recovered from your bulimia at your still young age. I believe in my heart you could have a very healthy body for the rest of your life if you take good care of it. The body has amazing systems to heal itself.

      As for long-term damage or concerns that you’ve brought up. I would suggest you talk to local health professionals in your area for the best advice. Fully disclose about your binging and purging history and then ask them for their opinions. I have heard a lot of stories of bulimia taking its toll on a woman’s body, but you did it for less than a year so I have high hopes you will not suffer the consequences you could have if you’d kept it up.

      Look after that beautiful body of yours my dear. It’s the only one you’ve got. Treat it well and it will serve you for the rest of your life.

      Sending love and light,


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