What is Bulimia?

What is Bulimia?

Bulimia is a life-threatening eating disorder. It is when a person does uncontrollable binge eating and then take harmful steps to avoid weight gain such as purging. It is approved as bulimia when it is done once a week for at least three weeks.

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We can see it is more common in women. As a matter of fact, it is more common for athletes and professionals who are more focused on their body weight. A person suffering from it includes extreme emotional attitude behaviour surrounding weight and food issues. Not to mention, younger women, in particular, are more likely to develop this physical and mental health issue.

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Signs and Symptoms

Physical symptoms

  • Dehydration
  • Poor hair, lips, skin condition
  • Stress, Headache
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Tooth decay
  • Erosion of tooth enamel
  • Bad breath
  • Skin on the back of the knuckles hardens (Russell’s sign)
  • Damage of food pipe and stomach which usually leads to Hematemesis
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Psychological symptoms

Other symptoms such as abuse of laxative, secret disposal of vomit, uncontrollable overeating, muscle weakness, electrolyte depletion, menstrual regulations.

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What causes bulimia?

The exact cause of bulimia is unknown but there are certain risk factors that can play a crucial role in the development of the eating disorder.

People with first-degree relatives having an eating disorder are more likely to develop an eating disorder that suggests a possible genetic link. Also, societal pressure and media showing beauty standards through fashion magazines, skinny models

Psychological or emotional problems such as anxiety,  low self-esteem, negative body image and stressful life events such as divorce death can trigger symptoms of bulimia.

Treatment

Bulimia is a treatable disorder by medical professionals and is a self-diagnosed disease.  It can be also diagnosed by complete physical exam, blood and urine test or psychological evaluation can also be used.Treatment is most effective when approached by a group of health care workers specialised in eating disorder. This team usually consists of a therapist, medical doctor, registered dietician, and a psychiatrist.

Treatment is most effective when approached by a group of health care workers specialised in eating disorder. This team usually consists of a therapist, medical doctor, registered dietician, and a psychiatrist.

Therapy is the first form of treatment for bulimia or any other eating disorder. Also, cognitive behavioural therapy helps people to think positively and reduce their psychological distress. Antidepressants are also prescribed which relieve the symptoms of depression that occur along with eating disorder.

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Conclusion

We have all been there trying to look slim fit into a dress.  Everybody wants to look good. but who says that only slim people look good?  You should be confident in your own skin.Going through bulimia you are putting your body and life at risk.  Nobody deserves this. You cannot hurt your body just to fit into someone else’s parameter of beautiful. You don’t know your eating disorder can become a severe health issue.

Going through bulimia you are putting your body and life at risk. Nobody deserves this. You cannot hurt your body just to fit into someone else’s parameter of beautiful. You don’t know your eating disorder can become a severe health issue.People suffering from bulimia are ashamed to tell others about their problem because of others judging them and usually concentrate on hiding it from others. It’s not just a bad habit you are putting your life in danger. Don’t hide it. Solve it. Because it is a severe mental and emotional issue that needs treatment. Talk to someone. Some you trust because you are not the only one and you are not alone.

People suffering from bulimia are ashamed to tell others about their problem because of others judging them and usually concentrate on hiding it from others. It’s not just a bad habit, you are also putting your life in danger. Don’t hide it. Solve it. Because it is a severe mental and emotional issue that needs treatment. Talk to someone. Some you trust because you are not the only one and you are not alone.

Ashi Bajpai

Content writer

19, Gallivanter, Belives in equity and not equality. Love humans, Food, Allegories and Dogs. Currently pursuing BBA from BSSS. Believe in yourself and BE YOU. The world will adjust.

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