Bulmia Nervosa – a Life-Threatening Eating Disorder

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Eating disorders affect both the physical and emotional health of the person suffering from this mental illness. When not treated earlier, this condition may lead to suicidal attempts.

Eating disorders are categorized as mental illnesses where there is an unhealthy relationship with food. People with eating disorders often struggle with body image and disrupts their normal activities with unusual eating habits to alter their appearance. Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. struggle with an eating disorder. Almost 50% of these people also meet the criteria for depression.

Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder, wherein the patient eats a large amount of food in a short amount of time. After binge eating, the patient usually attempts the food he or she consumed by taking a laxative or by vomiting. This illness doesn’t always help in reducing the calories. In fact, most bulimia sufferers end up gaining weight. Most bulimia nervosa patients affect the female population.

Most people with bulimia have a normal weight. The forcing of vomiting may result in thickened skin on the knuckles and breakdown of the teeth. Bulimia is frequently associated with other mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and problems with drugs or alcohol. There is also a higher risk of suicide and self-harm.

Some symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa include the following:

  • Lack of control over eating
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Chronic gastric reflux after eating
  • Constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Excessive exercising
  • Puffy cheeks
  • Electrolyte imbalance resulting to irregular heartbeats and heart failure
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Inflammation of the esophagus

If you are Bulimia Nervosa patient, do not lose hope. You can develop a healthier lifestyle and attitude toward your body and food, to help you break or reduce binge eating and purging.

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