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Side Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is not just a simple thing of eating and then vomiting the food that you just ate. For some people who are just obsessing unhealthily over their weight, the appeal of this medical condition can be readily apparent; you can still taste food, but you’re still starving yourself. Maybe because of the fact that some models and celebrities have publicly admitted to being bulimic, this has only contributed to being something akin to using a “designer” drug: it makes you feel like you’re being “cooler” than the rest of the losers who still eat their meals. But then again, this is just so harmful on so many levels. Not only will your physical well-being be endangered by being bulimic, but the way that you normally think about things can be severely compromised, as well.

For those who may have still no idea what bulimia nervosa still is, it is a disorder that is characterized by an insatiable craving for food, which can then result in episodes of continuous eating and often followed by a self-induced purging and self-deprivation.

To say that the potential side-effects of Bulimia Nervosa can be systemic is just downgrading the potential harm that this disorder can cause to our bodies. However, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is that bulimia nervosa entails that a client may be suffering psychologically; in a sense, they are right. Some of the most common psychological problems that are associated with bulimia nervosa is a

  1. distorted body image
  2. emotional lability like depression and anxiety
  3. a refusal to eat meals along with the rest of his or her family or friends
  4. a constant “obsession” over food, and a frequent instability of his or her mood.

It is also not uncommon for the bulimic sufferers to acquire some kind of “addiction”, as well. It may be anything ranging from alcohol, illicit drugs, and even through incessant smoking. Cognitive functions can also be impaired because of the frequent vomiting of these sufferers, which can thus compromise the way in which their brains can receive the necessary nutrition, like poor concentration, bouts of amnesia, frequent irritability and poor coping skills during times of personal crisis.

The gastrointestinal system—expectedly—is one of the first systems to be affected by bulimia nervosa. Some side effects that can arise from this condition include a

  1. constant regurgitation
  2. heartburn
  3. feelings of always being “full”
  4. difficulty in swallowing
  5. ulcers in the mouth and the stomach
  6. and a vague pain in the abdominal area

The teeth can also be severely damaged because of the frequent vomiting of the sufferer, which can then cause the dentals to acquire foreign bacteria and may “rot” the teeth due to the frequent contacts with the acid solution that came directly from the stomach.

Finally, the more dangerous side effects of this condition can involve some very serious complications on the heart and the cardiovascular system. For one, the heart rate of the sufferer may become so erratic that it may cause some severe damage to the organ. Heart blocks and easily “collapsible” blood vessels have also a high chance of occurring if bulimia nervosa still goes unchecked in a client.

We should stress to the potential sufferers—particularly teenagers—that being bulimic can easily cost them their lives. For more information with regards to this condition, please contact your doctor.

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