Bulimia is an eating disorder that is still largely misunderstood and not often discussed. Similarly to anorexia it is based on the need to stay thin even when the person is already dangerously so. There is a lot to know about bulimia that can help you or a loved one get help for your disorder and start living a healthy life. Here are some bulimia facts.
- A part of bulimia is binge eating, which is a whole other eating disorder on its own. Binge eating is characterized by eating large amounts of food, usually secretively, even when the person is not hungry. Binge eaters who don’t suffer from bulimia are usually overweight.
- Bulimia is the act of throwing up after a period of binge eating, therefore eliminating any calories consumed during the binge. Most of the time people with bulimia binge eat and then feel a tremendous sense of guilt that leads them to force themselves to throw up.
- Bulimia can also cause compulsive exercising. People suffering from this disorder take it to the extreme, working out for hours at a time to the point that it can lead to injury or exhaustion.
- Just like anxiety and depression, bulimia is a mental disorder. Often these disorders go hand in hand and to cure one, all of them must be addressed.
- Bulimia can be genetic but can also be circumstantial. For example, feeling the need to be thin to meet society’s standards of beauty can be a contributing factor, but more people with parents who suffered from bulimia tend to have it themselves.
- Bulimics can be men. Women certainly have the disorder more frequently, but men have been known to suffer from bulimia as well, and unfortunately they are less likely to seek treatment because of the stigma behind it.
Bulimia Facts : Affects on Your Health
Bulimia causes way more than just unhealthy weight loss. It greatly disturbs the regular rhythm of your body and can cause a number of health issues.
Health issues caused by bulimia include:
- Dry skin
- Low blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Issues with the esophagus
- Kidney problems
- Problems conceiving
- Birth defects
As you can see, bulimia is a dangerous disease that requires treatment for the issue and everything that may be contributing to it. While it is treatable, similarly to addiction it is a lifelong battle that can reappear later in life with little to no warning. For this reason, it’s important to seek substantial treatment and stay aware of your triggers and symptoms.