The National Eating Disorder Association prepared these bulimia facts in the form of an infographic for eating disorder awareness week, see below.
- 59-83% of development of bulimia may be genetically related
- Most people who struggle with bulimia are of normal weight
- Many people struggling with bulimia also struggle with depression, anxiety, and/or substance abuse
- Adolescent Hispanics were significantly more likely to suffer from bulimia
What is Bulimia?
Bulimia is characterized by bingeing followed by some form of compensatory behavior (purge) intended to “get rid of” the food eaten. A purge can be in the form of vomiting, exercise, or laxative use, for example.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of Bulimia
- Extreme concerns with body weight and shape
- Evidence of purging behaviors after meals (i.e., frequent trips to the bathroom after meals, excessive exercising, laxative wrappers)
- Rigid or excessive exercise routine
- Complaints of constipation and stomach pain
- Distorted body image
- Hiding food; excessive amounts of food wrappers
- Stained/discolored teeth
- Eating unusually large amounts of food with no change in weight
Health Consequences of Bulimia
The health consequences of bulimia can be very severe. Here are a few:
- Tooth decay and destruction of tooth enamel by stomach acid
- Electrolyte imbalance and irregular heartbeat, which can lead to heart failure
- Gastric rupture
- Esophageal rupture, which can be deadly
- Chronic irregular bowel movements and pain
- Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Acid reflux
Recovery is Possible!
Bulimia is a very serious eating disorder that can lead to long-term physical and emotional consequences if left untreated. Contact a therapist if you or someone you love is struggling with bulimia. A therapist can recommend additional treatment options if necessary to ensure physical and emotional health. Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.
Recover from Bulimia
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