The Health Problems Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

Well, The health problems associated with bulimia nervosa needs exchange of a few words. One should know about this disease because people around us may be affected from this. A person with bulimia nervosa feels that he is not looking slim and smart. He is extra conscious for their smart figure.

Although, bulimics eat food but they try hard to loose their weight which they consider as extra. They take laxative, vomiting, doing extreme exercise and fasting.

In  discussion about the health problems associated with bulimia nervosa, I wish to clear a common confusion; often this term is used as a synonym of anorexia nervosa but these are quite different in their basics (causes, symptoms and treatments)

Before discussion about the health problems associated with bulimia nervosa, I want to mention that it is not a digestive problem; it is actually related with psychology of an individual. People who are extremely conscious about their figure can be a victim of this disease.

People with bulimia nervosa have cycles which often involve rapid eating, which may be stopped when the pateint is interrupted by some one or when  his stomach hurts due to overextension. It will be followed by self-induced vomiting. Bulimics repeat this cycle several times a week or several times a day.

The health problems associated with bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa may cause serious problems for health and wellbeing of an individual. In mild cases the health problems associated with bulimia nervosa, include;

  • Abnormal gastric reflux after eating
  • Frequent vomiting due to dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalance due to self-induced vomiting
  • Inflammation of gastric lines, especially the esophagus
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Constant weight fluctuations

The health problems associated with bulimia nervosa in severe cases include:

  • Tooth decay, sore throat and bad breath due to frequent contact of oral cavity with gastric acid. 
  • Dry skin and hair loss because of dehydaration and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Other health problems associated with bulimia nervosa are dizziness, headaches and fatigue due to weakness.
  • Ruptures of the esophagus and stomach may also occur due to extreme episodes of binge eating.
  • Poor functioning of heart, kidney and liver due to lack of nutrition.
  • The most severe among health problems associated with bulimia nervosa is that in extreme case it may cause death.  

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