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Doctor insights on: Bulimic Person

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In what period of time does a bulimic person lose weight?

In what period of time does a bulimic person lose weight?

No weight loss: Ironically, actual weight loss is not necessarily associated with bulimia. Instead, people with this disorder binge eat and attempt to prevent weight gain through compensatory behavior (e.g., vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, enemas, medications, fasting, or excessive exercise). ...Read more

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A bulimic person is in danger of cardiac heart arrest, but why?

A bulimic person is in danger of cardiac heart arrest, but why?

Definitely yes: Bulimics are constantly vomiting - this screws up their acid-base status as well as their electrolytes (like sodium and potassium) in their blood - these imbalances irritate the heart tissue and makes it much more likely to have cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Would you call a person bulimic after just one or two evoked vomitings?

Would you call a person bulimic after just one or two evoked vomitings?

Nope: The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behavior (in this case purging) would both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months, in an attempt to avoid weight gain. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the less noticeable signs of a person being bulimic?

Please explain what are the less noticeable signs of a person being bulimic?

Less noticeable : Signs of bulimia: dental problems, heart symptoms, hiding the purging from family and loved ones by making the noise, binging when no one is home and hiding empty food containers. ...Read more

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If a person throw up, but it didn't have to do with food, would they still be considered a bulimic?

If a person throw up, but it didn't have to do with food, would they still be considered a bulimic?

Not about food?: I can't guess what causes a behavior pattern of that sort, but if it really is not related to food consumption and issues of weight/body concerns it probably would not be diagnosed as bulimia. It could be a sort of tic disorder or compulsion. Of course there might be a purely digestive tract another physiological problem. Not enough info to know more, sorry. ...Read more

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Who usually becomes bulimic?

Who usually becomes bulimic?

Family disease: Bulimia is an addictive disorder, and may be associated with other addiction in the family. ...Read more

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How can I stop being bulimic?

How can I stop being bulimic?

Professional Help: You must seek out a qualified professional who can help you deal with this very dangerous illness. Medications and psychotherapy are critical. You also must be dedicated to stopping the behaviors and working hard to overcome this illness and dealing with the underlying forces which led to the behavior. Please get the help you need. ...Read more

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How can I help a bulimic friend?

How can I help a bulimic friend?

ENCOURAGE HELP!!: Support and understanding but not enabling. So encourage them to seek professional help as it is a tough disorder and needs a variety of areas of help like psychological, medical., exercise, and nutrition. ...Read more

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How can I help my bulimic friend?

How can I help my bulimic friend?

Learn About Bulimia: You might best help your friend by reading up on eating disorders & how to best support someone struggling w/ one. Check "get help" page of website of the National Assn of Anorexia Nervosa & Related Disorders (ANAD): http://anad.org. The Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) also has very helpful resources: http://myedin.org. ...Read more