Bulimia is not something new but I wanted to bring it up and talk about it since I see the devastating effects of this horrible disease from time to time.
Bulimia or Bulimia Nervosa, as it’s referred to in the medical community, is a psychological eating disorder that affects mostly women. Basically people with Bulimia will eat large amounts of food then make themselves throw up soon afterwards in order to not digest the food. The disease usually starts in late childhood or early adulthood. Sufferers are usually dissatisfied with their bodies or weight and take these extreme measures to control their weight or to make themselves feel better.
Researchers are not exactly sure what triggers or causes Bulimia but believe it’s closely associated with emotions, thought patterns, and sometimes heredity.
Let’s take a closer look at symptoms of Bulimia and the effects it has on the human body.
- As I mentioned earlier Bulimia at it’s core is eating uncontrollably then purged from the body.
- It doesn’t always have to be vomiting to purge the food, it can also be excessive exercise, enemas, or use of laxatives.
- Depression is usually associated with this disease
- Sore throat and dental problems from the stomach acid that resides in the throat and mouth after purging.
- Heartburn, indigestion, and bloating
- Weakness and irregular periods
Here are some of the damaging effects it can have.
- Stomach ulcers
- Irregular heartbeat
- Suicidal tendencies
- Rupturing of the stomach
How do you deal with it or help someone that has it?
I believe that someone who suffers from Bulimia should be treated at the psychological level. If the person has been practicing Bulimia for a long period of time then there could be some physical treatment involved in order to get the patient on a road to recovery. From what I’ve seen it’s not an easy disease to cure. Women feel a lot of pressure to look like a magazine model at all times, which drives some of this behavior. Once we are able to find the root cause at a psychological level then we can develop a plan for moving forward.
The key to all of this is identifying if you have this problem and being honest with yourself, a friend, or loved one and then seek help. Because this type of behavior is often performed in private it’s not always noticeable until severe damage has already been done.
If you need help with Bulimia or know someone that does. Don’t hesitate to give our office a call. I am a doctor in Madison, TN that helps patients everyday with their overall wellness.
Here’s to your health!
Dr. K Bennett