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I'm wondering what effect does bulimia have on your body?

I'm wondering what effect does bulimia have on your body?

Physically 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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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


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Could you tell me what are some bulimia side effects ?

Could you tell me what are some bulimia side effects ?

Purging type: Recurrent excessive eating followed misuse of laxatives, water pills, enemas or causing one to vomit. Side effects of vomiting include rotting teeth, enlarged salivary glands, inflammation of the esophagus, dehydration ; misuse of laxatives etc cause dehydration with low potassium, low magnesium, cardiac irregularities, loss of consciousness, pancreatitis, seizures, and death get help asap. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder involving periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Bulimia: Bulimia is an illness which involves at least twice weekly consumption of large quantity of calories followed by compensatory behavior to "lose"/make up for those calories (purging/laxative/excessive exercise/restriction). As an eating disorder specialist, i believe it is primariy an anxiety disorder coped with by addictive body image/food behaviors initiated by feeling a lack of control in life. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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What are bulimia symptoms?

What are bulimia symptoms?

Bulimia: In bulimia, the person regularly eats large amounts of food with the feeling s/he can't control food intake. There is also purging behavior through avenues like vomiting, diuretics, laxatives, etc. They are extremely worried about their body size and shape. Much more info through the national eating disorders association: http://tinyurl.Com/ospndlu. ...Read more

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What causes bulimia in someone?

Unknown: Bulimia remains a mystery in terms of underlying causes. There almost certainly is a social aspect--goes back to roman times where vomiting was an expected part of feasts, and is more prevalent when social standards value extreme thinness. However, why it becomes a compulsive habit in some and not others remains unclear, as does the robust reduction in purging antidepressants can produce. ...Read more

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What can bulimia do to your body?

What can bulimia do to your body?

Bulimia: Bulimia can ultimately cause death. Along the way, it can cause: cheek swelling/soreness; gum disease; tooth enamel erosion ; cavities; throat irritation; ruptured esophagus; GI bleeding; stomach pain ; delayed emptying; fatigue; anemia; irregular heartbeats; heart failure; dehydration; electrolyte disturbances; irregular/absent menses; abdominal cramping http://tinyurl.Com/34sc4p. ...Read more

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I need to know what is bulimia disorder?

I need to know what is bulimia disorder?

Bulimia: Bulimia is an eating disorder which is characterized by binges of eating followed by purging behaviors including vomiting and the use of laxatives. See the link below for more details.En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/bulimia_nervosa. ...Read more