You might have asked yourself if this eating disorder is any different from the binge eating disorder, then know that bulimia is like any other eating disorder that is depicted by binge eating and also purging or what we call consumption of a huge amounts of food in a short time, which is followed by effort to get rid of them. The bulimia sufferer will force himself into vomiting, taking laxatives, diuretic or stimulants and having more exercise to get rid of the calories in the body.
Sometimes the bulimia sufferers will purge after taking even some very small snacks or the normal sized meal in the day. This series consisting of binge eating then followed by purging then takes a toll on your body as well as your emotional well- being.
Fortunately this will never transpire forever, the cycle have got the means we can break it. Through the treatment you can recover your normal eating behavior and food relationship.
- Research have revealed that bulimia nervosa can risk your life if it’s persistent, one of the most dangerous effect it have is dehydration( loss of water in body) due to
- Vomiting , diuretics and laxatives can lead to electrolytes imbalance in the body majorly in the form of potassium levels. This low levels of potassium them triggers other effects like cloudy thinking, irregularity in the heartbeat and even death.
- Low potassium levels in the body leads to kidney failure.
- Gastric break, though this is unusual
- Tooth decay and tooth discolor due to acid that comes with the vomit from the stomach.
Bulimia eating disorder is grouped in two categories that are;
Purging bulimia– The victim normally induce the vomiting or may have misused the laxatives or the enemas after binge eating.
The nonpurging bulimia-In this category you will be needed to get rid of the calories in the body and prevent gaining of weight by fasting etc.
All this effects that we have looked at may work together to make the general effects on the body, but not one effect after the other.