Scary Facts About Bulimia Nervosa


What is Bulimia?

Bulimia Nervosa, commonly known as Bulimia, is an eating disorder and a mental illness that can destroy a person. It can kill that person in the process if there is no intervention and treatment. The person will binge eat or eat a lot of food in one sitting and then, will vomit it right after, purge and/or exercise excessively. Some even use strong laxatives to “release” the food eaten. Bulimia is a disorder which must not be taken lightly and therapy is one of the ways to address the mental issue.

Students with a BMI in the “overweight” or “obese” range were at the highest risk and students with a BMI in the “underweight” range were surprisingly at the lowest risk. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.

What are the signs and symptoms of Bulimia?

• Binge eating
• Excessive eating
• Forced vomiting
• Purging
• Overexercising
• Distorted view of body image
• Guilty or shameful after eating
• Unexplained absences after meals
• Isolation from family and friends
• Smell of vomit on hair, hands and clothes
• Smell of vomit within the bathroom and the person’s room
• Sore throat
• Scraped knuckles
• Dental problems
• Depression, among other mental concerns

There are many other signs and symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa, but the above-mentioned signs are the most common.


Why do people have Bulimia?

Bulimia is not just about having a problem with food. It’s about emotions that are overlapping the conscious mind of a person. He or she feels too fat or is disgusted by his or her body, and with that, the person will binge eat. But the problem is that he or she wants to have a “better” body and so, the person will induce self-vomiting to release what he or she has eaten. All that is triggered by stress, anxiety, sadness, anger and all the other “negative” feelings.

What does Bulimia do to your body?

The main symptom of Bulimia is forcing yourself to vomit. There are health issues attached here like dental erosion, yellow teeth, and tooth decay. Some women who suffer from Bulimia are infertile. It can also stretch the stomach too wide because of the amount of food eaten and the body just can’t take it repeatedly. At one point, when intervention and treatment are not sought, the body will just deteriorate and give up.

Symptoms of depression including sleep disturbance, excessive guilt, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and loss of interest in activities that used to be pleasurable, can be the byproduct of feeling trapped or stuck in a behavior that they know on some level is harmful to them. — Lisa Ferentz LCSW-C, DAPA

What can Bulimia lead to?

When a person vomits regularly or overuses on laxatives, the body will have an imbalance of electrolytes. Some people think that this is not a major health problem. Well, they are very wrong. When a person undergoes electrolyte imbalance, the heart rate will be affected and all the other major organs will have diminished function, especially the kidneys. With that, there is increased risk of heart and kidney failure which can lead to death.


What are the long-term effects of Bulimia?

Once a person is bulimic, the immediate and clear signs are sore throat and stomach pain. Now, when someone vomits regularly and is self-induced, it will damage the digestive system starting from the mouth. Vomit is very acidic and it can destroy tooth enamel, promote tooth sensitivity and severe gum problems.

Combining psychotherapy with nutritional therapies and yoga provides an integrative approach to efficacy and empowers our clients in their recovery process. — Leslie E. Korn Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP

How can you get treatment for your Bulimia?

As mentioned, Bulimia Nervosa is a psychiatric disorder and often, those who suffer from it also have other disorders like depression, anxiety, panic attacks and the likes. It is usually a double diagnosis. The person who has it must get help from professionals who are equipped on the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and other mental disorders. You can go to various treatment facilities who offer holistic approaches and talk with mental health professionals on how to overcome this deadly eating disorder. It is also possible to speak and communicate with online therapists if you want to practice anonymity.