Let’s Talk About Bulimia


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Here are essential things that you need to know about Bulimia:

Bulimia is an eating disorder that affects a person’s physical and psychological well-being. Bulimia may cause irreparable damage if not treated. This affects how a person looks at oneself. This can become harmful and cause severe damage and even life-threatening.

Its effects will differ depending on how long you disregard it. Some symptoms of bulimia may seem ordinary, but if left untreated, it will create significant damage. One must be very cautious about what’s happening to your body. Throwing up if you’ve eaten a lot may seem normal, but if it became a cycle, you must attend a physician.

Bulimia nervosa afflicts approximately 4% of women and 0.5% of men in the US. Nearly 4% of those suffering from bulimia will die from the disease and nearly all struggling with the illness experience serious medical and/ or emotional effects. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

Rusell’s sign is and an indication of bulimia. You can find out if you have Rusell’s sign if you have calluses on the knuckles and hands caused by forcing yourself to vomit. This means that the part of the hand is scraping the teeth when you try to force yourself to vomit. Though, some of the people suffering bulimia, do not have Rusell’s sign because they have a different method of forcing themselves to vomit. Some of these methods are the consumption of laxatives and overexercising.

Swollen face and dehydration is also a sign of bulimia. Swelling of the face bothers the person suffering bulimia, but this does not mean they are fat. The reason for the swelling is dehydration. Since they are frequently vomiting, people with bulimia become dehydrated, and the body’s reaction is to keep as much water as possible.

People who are purging tend to go to the bathroom immediately after eating, and use breath mints and bathroom spray to cover the odor of vomit. They get scarring on the finger they bite down on to do self-imposed vomiting and tend to develop dental problems as well. — Lisa Ferentz LCSW-C, DAPA

Tooth decay and bad breath may be a sign of bulimia. When a person throws up, the acid from the stomach attacks the enamel of the tooth, then causes tooth decay.


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Bulimia may cause different ailments, including strokes, liver or kidney failure, ulcers, osteoporosis, infertility, insomnia, and diabetes. Due to the cycle of inducing vomit, the body creates certain adjustments to cope up, but then some of the organs will be affected, such as the liver, ovary, pancreas, and other organs.

Bulimia may cause fainting and irregular heartbeats. Dehydration causes an imbalance to the electrolytes inside the body. The potassium level also decreases that it cannot maintain the heart-healthy. This will also cause low blood, which can lead to fainting.

Seeing a therapist is one of the ways to treat bulimia. Though most of the persons who have bulimia deny the fact that they need help, immediate treatment is encouraged to avoid long term effects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to treat bulimia. You can look at it as a problem-solving approach. The person with the disorder will not be admitted to the hospital. It is necessary thought to meet with the therapist at least once a week.

Denying the problem and thereby denying its effects are not uncommon. Patients sometimes lie also about the severity of their condition, further hampering the selection of appropriate treatment options. — Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS

Support from family and friends is also a great help to conquer bulimia. A person with bulimia looks at themselves as an imperfect person. Family and friends may support a person with bulimia by making them feel that they are enough and worth it regardless of their physical appearance.


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These symptoms, effects, and treatments of bulimia will guide you in understanding the disorder better. Many people are very conscious about how they look, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Persons who have bulimia, need a friend or an ally to make them realize they’re just fine as before.