Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is characterized by a repeated cycle of binge-eating followed by purging through vomiting, laxative use and/or over exercising.

Symptoms often include:

  • repeated episodes of binge eating
  • self induced vomiting
  • use of laxatives, diuretics and/or diet pills
  • excessive exercise
  • out of control feelings over eating behaviour
  • impulsivity ( such as with alcohol, spending, decision making, relationships)
  • preoccupation with food and weight
  • severe self criticism
  • self worth determined by weight
  • secretiveness

Physical Consequences of Bulimia

  • Electrolyte imbalance and kidney dysfunction – which can result from purging (self-induced vomiting and/or laxatives)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Swollen glands, puffiness in the cheeks or broken blood vessels under the eyes
  • Erosion of tooth enamel
  • Scarring and red abrasions on top of hands or knuckles
  • Chest pain, muscle cramps, fatigue
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Rupture of the stomach and oesophagus
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Greater risk of suicidal behaviour
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