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Do bulimic people feel ill the day after they vomit, like most people would, or do they become immune to it after a while?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Carts and horses

Vomiting doesn't make you feel ill all by itself.
The reason most people feel ill when they vomit is because they're sick and they vomit as a result. Because a bulimic isn't sick, it's likely that they don't feel sick in the sense your suggesting.

In brief: Carts and horses

Vomiting doesn't make you feel ill all by itself.
The reason most people feel ill when they vomit is because they're sick and they vomit as a result. Because a bulimic isn't sick, it's likely that they don't feel sick in the sense your suggesting.
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
I would add that feeling "ill" is likely feeling "sick" but vomiting can have serious physical consequences and that could make someone feel "ill" the next day. The act of vomiting is not a problem for buimics & occurs easily for them but the consequences of vomiting are not something they become immune to. Vomiting is a short term release for them and doesn't solve anything for very long.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unfortunately

people with eating disorders lose their ability to recognize their bodily needs and sensations, like hunger. It is a very serious life threatening disorder. Even as their body is wasting away, they are out of touch with the danger signs most people would notice.
It is therefore imperative for them to get both psychological and medical help before the disease becomes irreversible.

In brief: Unfortunately

people with eating disorders lose their ability to recognize their bodily needs and sensations, like hunger. It is a very serious life threatening disorder. Even as their body is wasting away, they are out of touch with the danger signs most people would notice.
It is therefore imperative for them to get both psychological and medical help before the disease becomes irreversible.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics

In brief: Yes they feel ill

Yes bulimic patients don't feel well after they vomit voluntatrily.
They feel shamed, depressed, not elated, their electrolytes are out of balance. Bulimia is a condition of uncontrolled eating because of a loss of the sensation of when one is full. They believe their only alternative to eating thousand plus of calories is to get rid of them somehow. From my experience they never become immune.

In brief: Yes they feel ill

Yes bulimic patients don't feel well after they vomit voluntatrily.
They feel shamed, depressed, not elated, their electrolytes are out of balance. Bulimia is a condition of uncontrolled eating because of a loss of the sensation of when one is full. They believe their only alternative to eating thousand plus of calories is to get rid of them somehow. From my experience they never become immune.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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