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What are some of the detrimental physical & psychological side effects of bulimia nervosa?

What are some of the detrimental physical & psychological side effects of bulimia nervosa?

Side effects: A short list would be rupture of the esphagus from induced vomitting, low potassium from vomiting and weakening of the tooth enamel from the stomach acid.There are more, the most serious is death. Psychological risks are a worsening of the condition and not treating co-morbid depression and anxiety. A more complete list requires professional consultation. ...Read more

Bulimia Nervosa (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa is from Greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by consuming a large amount of food in short time, then vomiting, taking a laxative or ...Read more


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What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

Malnutrition: Both of these disorders are known to cause malnutrition, which can be life threatenting. There are other health consequences as well, but they depend on individual circumstances. ...Read more

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Tell me everything about bulimia nervosa?

Tell me everything about bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri. ...Read more

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What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

What usually results from bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia is dangerous: Bulimia may cause electrolyte imbalances that may lead to heart failure, as well as esophageal and gastric ruptures, all of which may be fatal. Other medical complications for bulimia include bone loss, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney disease, anemia and low white cell counts, which lowers the immune system and creates vulnerability to disease and infection. Also, gum disease, tooth decay. ...Read more

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What are common symptom of bulimia nervosa?

What are common symptom of bulimia nervosa?

Binge/purge: Recurrent episodes of binge eating accompanied by a sense of lack of control over eating during each episode and inappropriate behavior to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications, fasting, or excessive exercise. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bulimia nervosa?

What is the definition or description of: bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa: Is from the greek words meaning ravenous hunger. It is an eating disorder characterized by binging & purging, consuming large amount of food in short time then vomiting/taking laxative or diuretic/excessive exercising. More in females. Majority are of normal weight. They have impulsive behaviors such as overspending, & family history of eating disorders, mood disorders & substance abuse.Tx is ssri. ...Read more

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How do people start becoming anorexic & bulimia nervosa?

How do people start becoming anorexic & bulimia nervosa?

Usually starts in: Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds are about body image and feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children and their caregivers. Some eds are a reaction to sexual abuse and a desire to look like a child or be overweight and , less attractive to an abuser. ...Read more

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How could i anonymously get self help for bulimia nervosa?

How could i anonymously get self help for bulimia nervosa?

It's difficult: While i understand there is a stigma toward mental illnesses, part of "recovery" starts with being open and honest about one's condition. People are just human and have human problems. I think, the most effective approach is to let one's loved ones know what we are experiencing in our lives and then, move forward with a comprensive approach. In the case of eating disorders, seek family support. ...Read more

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How could you describe somebody with anarexia and/or bulimia nervosa?

How could you describe somebody with anarexia and/or bulimia nervosa?

Missing out. Scared.: At-risk for many bad things. Can't get no satisfaction. ... To get an idea of what it's like for someone w/ an eating disorder, watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure ; satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance ; noise." watch here: http://bit.Ly/169jpxk. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

What are  symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

Possible clues: Signs of bulemia: enlarged salivary glands, bleeding into whites of eye, red spots on neck & face from vomiting, scarring of first finger joint of dominant hand from induced vomiting, chronic diarrhea. Gi complications: teeth erosions, increased blood amylase, esophagitis, tears or rupture of esophagus, dilation of stomach & upper small bowel, pancreatitis, colon dilation & pigmenting (melanosis). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more