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Bulima Facts

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that is accurately described as ‘bingeing and purging’. The bingeing is over eating more food than the suggested caloric intake. One binges when they eat more than a healthy of amount of food with the intention of purging.

Binging and Purging

Purging is a voluntary and forceful tactic to get rid of all the food just consumed. One purges their over-consummation of food to become thin. Bulimia is an eating disorder directly related to have an under average BMI (body mass index) so one can have the appearance of being skinny, a great obsession in the United States and all over the world. Purging can be done in one of two ways and can be combined. One of the ways is induced vomit, throwing up all the food the consumed. The side effects of this method vary depending on whether one’s debilitating voyage to a skinny image is mild or severe. The other is laxative induced purging.

Side Effects of Vomit Induced Purging

  • Striped Nutrients which results sickness
  • Yellow teeth
  • Yellow skin
  • Breakage and unhealthy nails and hair
  • Bad teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Hospitalization
  • Death

Side Effects of Laxative Induced Purging

  • Striped Nutrients which result in sickness
  • Yellow teeth
  • Yellow skin
  • Breakage and unhealthy nails and hair
  • Slow metabolism
  • Irregular bowl movements
  • Hospitalization
  • Death

The Obsession To Be Thin

In this society thin is attractive. Most people want to be attractive. There are other obvious ways to have an attractive figure that include eating healthy and exercise, which oddly enough takes as much effort as bulimia. In most cases those with an eating disorder do not stop engaging in it once they reach an ideal weight, or rather, underweight. With that, one must assume this issue goes deeper than just wanting to be thin and attractive.

The most common reason someone becomes bulimic is insecurity. That a person with bulimia is insecure and once he/she reaches their ideal weight the insecurity doesn’t go away. Bulimia, especially vomit induced, becomes a multi-faceted issue than just for a person to want to become skinny. Self induced vomiting is also a form of self-harm. Just like cutting is a form of self-harm. The throat becomes sore accompanied with dry heaving and making oneself gag, which is painful. Purging quickly becomes not only a way to become thin but a way to deal with overwhelming emotions, such as resentment, guilt, sadness etc. Once one starts a habit of bulimia it can range up to bingeing and purging than five times or more a day.

Warning Signs of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Increase in food consumption while underweight – people suffering from bulima are not necessarily underweight
  • A consistent pattern of going in the bathroom right after eating or up to 2 hours after eating for an extended amount of time
  • Skin discoloration

Treatment for bulimia nervosa differs just as recovery for bulimia nervosa differs.

Types of Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Include:

  • Eating disorder therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Over-eaters Anonymous
  • Eating disorder rehabilitation centers

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