A few years ago, there arose a speculation that models in the fashion industry resorted to a unique form of dieting to stay lean and slender. Accordingly, the reports stated that these models used to eat to their heart’s content and then immediately purge the food out of their systems. And shockingly, this they used to do by taking laxatives, vomiting (self induced), over exercising or fasting continuously for days on end.
It doesn’t come as a surprise then to note that many women aspiring to become models or at least attain their slender figure tend to adopt these kinds of practices on a regular basis. However, what they do not know is that with time, their body would get used to this practice and develop a serious disorder called Bulimia.
What Is Bulimia?
Also called as Bulimia Nervosa, bulimia is a condition that develops in the body due to constant bingeing and purging. Accordingly, a person who suffers from the condition would intake large portions of foods in one sitting and then would immediately try to get rid of the same. This he/she would do by vomiting out the food (self induced), taking laxatives or diuretics to cleanse the colon, by working out rigorously or by fasting continuously for hours on end.
The issue starts after a couple of weeks when the body becomes accustomed to this routine. When this happens, the practice becomes an addiction of sorts and the individual in question would find it very difficult to lead a normal life or switch back to healthy, normal diets.
Symptoms You Need To Be Aware Of
Bulimia Nervosa is said to affect more women than men, owing to the former’s obsession to obtain a slender figure. And while the symptoms of the issue can be hard to diagnose, when they start occurring simultaneously, they would trigger off an alarm that shouldn’t be ignored at all.
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Accordingly some of the symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa include extreme fatigue, weight fluctuations, bloating, sudden body chills, puffy face, frequent bouts of constipation, diarrhea, sore throat, dental erosions, hair loss, flaky skin and irregular menstrual cycles etc.
People affected by Bulimia would also smell of vomit and would usually resort to brushing, mouth sprays and chewing gums to hide the same. In addition to this, he/she would constantly feel dehydrated and tend to drink lots and lots of water, only to excuse himself/herself from a crowd and purge out all the water afterwards.
A bulimic person would often eat alone as his/her binge eating would disturb others around him/her. He/she would refrain from moving out in crowds and would most probably binge on food in the most secretive of places, including the closet, bathroom or under the bed. He/she would suffer from insomnia and anxiety, and would be very embarrassed to discuss the issue with anyone.
Effects Of Bulimia
In addition to all the above mentioned symptoms of Bulimia which also act as its effects, there are some serious health related issues you can get into if you are bulimic. For instance, severe cases of bulimia can cause lacerations to develop in the mouth, could cause inflammation in the oesophagus, could cause severe dehydration, could lead to chronic gastric reflux, could lead to cardiac arrhythmias resulting from electrolyte imbalance, could cause peptic ulcers and in the worst case scenario, could cause regular seizures.
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As an addiction, bulimia is very hard to cure and does not vanish on its own. It needs to be carefully treated so that the person in question does not develop harmful side reactions to the same.
The first phase of treatment in bulimia would usually involve asking the individual in question to be open about the disorder and reveal the details of when it started and how severe it is. Only after doing that would a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment be given. Always make sure that you take a professional’s advice regarding the matter before taking steps to cure the disorder yourself.