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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

17 effects of Bulimia on the body

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person creates a destructive pattern of eating in order to control their weight. People with bulimia tend to go on eating binges, consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. This is usually followed by an attempt to rid the food from their body using laxatives or self-induced vomiting. This behavior is usually carried out in secret, taking a tremendous emotional toll.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, up to 3 percent of the population has bulimia. Roughly 9 out of 10 people with bulimia are female.
In addition to mental stress, continued bingeing and purging also puts great strain the body. Unlike the eating disorder anorexia, people with bulimia may not appear to have significant weight loss. However, complications due to bulimia are serious and can put your life at risk.
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Digestive System

A sore throat or stomach pain may be the first obvious physical side effects of bulimia.
Chronic self-induced vomiting can cause a variety of symptoms in the digestive tract, beginning at the mouth. The high acid content of vomit can damage teeth, causing enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease. Puffy cheeks or jaws come from swollen salivary glands. Excessive vomiting may cause a sore or swollen throat.
Acid can irritate or tear the esophagus. Blood in vomit may be a sign of a ruptured esophagus. The stomach also becomes irritated. Stomachaches, heartburn, and acid reflux are common.
Putting your finger down your own throat is one way that people with bulimia induce vomiting. Doing this over and over can scar the skin on your fingers and hands, due to exposure to acidity.
Another way to rid the body of food is to use diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives. Overuse of these products can make it difficult to have a bowel movement without them. Misdirected use of diuretics may also damage the kidneys. Damage to the intestines can cause bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. Straining to move your bowels can result in hemorrhoids.
Recurrent bingeing and purging is physically demanding and can bring on general weakness and fatigue.

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7 comments:

  1. is it possible to be anorexia despite having binged before (felt like extreme hunger and like my body just couldn't stop?) Have never tried to vomit so I find it difficult to distinguish between anorexia and bulimia /: perhaps you can clarify things a bit

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    1. Yeah binges arent unusual when you restrict so much. That doesnt mean you have binge eating disorder, thats just your bodies way of trying to get energy. If you were to binge all the time or very often AND purge, then it would be bulimia. And if you were to binge often and not purge it would be binge eating disorder.

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  2. another side effect is burst blood vessels in your face/around your eyes. This was the absolute worst for me - it looked like a red rash covering my face, to which EVERYONE saw and commented on... I told people I hadn't slept well, until finally I told the truth months later (in a moment of strength) and since then i cannot conceal whether I have vomited or not, because it shows on my face... it really scares people off too!! Did anyone else get this?

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    1. That doesnt sound fun... but i guess thats the consequences you have to take. Like i get acid reflux most days, sometimes several times a day because of all the purging i did when i was sick :(
      And well done for telling people!!! :)

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  3. Hi Izzy! I have bulimia and i'm having sore throat very painful tonight, worse than ever before and it really hurts :( do you have any advice or tips on how to make the pain go away or even make it less painful?

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    1. Well first tip is to try to stop purging. I know its easier said than done, but the pain will keep getting worse and can lead to long term pain and acid reflux. So its better to try to stop and remind yourself of the consequences.
      Otherwise drinking tea or warm milk with honey. Plain yoghurt or banana can help. Drink lots of water and stay away from acidic food!

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    2. Thank you so much!

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