Bulimia nervosa is a diet-binge-purge disorder and like anorexia can cause serious health problems. The bulimic will often put on a courageous act in the attempt to appear normal, while often experiencing feelings of depression, loneliness, self-doubt and inner anger.
Bulimics are confronted on a daily basis with their own explanation of their failure to control themselves and their food intake. They may seek to gain a sense of control by using diuretics, enemas, laxatives, suppositories and forcibly vomiting with their fingers. Their body weight may vary from normal, moderate to severe obesity. The only person who may be aware of the bulimia is the sufferer’s dentist, as their tooth enamel deteriorates, or a doctor who identifies a biochemical imbalance.
Bulimia overview: (some common symptoms)
- Possible shoplifting (food stores)
- Possible recklessness
- Guilt and low self esteem
- Obsessed with weight
- Depression and suicide
- Tooth enamel deteriorates
- Inner anger
- Rupture of the oesophagus
- Gastric rupture
- Ulcer and pancreatitis
- Eating huge amounts of food in a short time
- Binge eating-in secret
- Large weight increase or loss
- Distorted body image
- Gastric ulcers
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