Purportedly followed by many models and beauty queens to remain slim and trim, Bulimia is a condition that is caused by the removal of food after consuming the same by either vomiting it out or regurgitation!
And in alarming contrast to the popular notion that bulimia only affects the stomach, studies have revealed that the long term effects of the condition could pose serious threats to several other parts of the body, including the liver, kidneys, digestive system, endocrine system, teeth and gums, brain and even the central nervous system.
Potential Risks Of Bulimia
Bulimia is more prevalent in women than in men. Studies have also revealed that the condition is more common in teenage girls who wish to look good by all means. However, in the long run, bulimia can lead to a serious imbalance in the fluid/electrolyte levels in the body and could lead to conditions like severe malnutrition, lack of energy, constipation, stomach ulcers; inflammation of the esophagus, mouth ulcers, dental diseases, skin allergies and chronic stomach regurgitation.
Identifying The Symptoms Of Bulimia
Learning to recognize the symptoms of bulimia as and when they start occurring is an important step in learning to treat the condition properly. There are certain ways in which you can find out if you are becoming bulimic. There are also certain ways in which you can identify whether a person you know is on the verge of becoming bulimic.
How To Identify The Symptoms Of Bulimia In Yourself
The hardest part of treating a condition is accepting the fact that you are affected by it in the first place. The same goes for Bulimia. In most cases, individuals with the condition will hardly accept the fact that they need medical help. And you would too.
So if you feel you are becoming bulimic but find it hard to believe the same, here are some telltale signs that you need to look out for.
Do you tend to binge to the point of discomfort? Do most of your snacks consist of sugary foods and other high calorie items? Do you find it extremely hard to control your bingeing even in public?
Are you so scared of gaining weight that you constantly opt for herbal remedies, dietary supplements, laxatives, diuretics, enemas, rigorous exercise routines or regurgitation to remain slim? If your answer to any one or all of these questions happens to be ‘Yes’, chances are you are bulimic.
How To Identify The Symptoms Of Bulimia In Others
In some cases, a person who weighs normal could also be bulimic. But there are certain warning signs that can indicate the problem. Here’s what you need to look out for in these cases.
A person with bulimia would always crib about his/her weight even though he/she is slim. He/she would have created a negative image about his/her body and would constantly try to highlight his/her bodily flaws to others. He/she would also most probably not want to share meals or eat together with others.
Gorging On Food
A bulimic individual would tend to eat more food (than is considered normal) in one sitting, and would usually have high calorie snacks stored in his/her room, car etc. to satisfy sudden hunger pangs.
If a person tends to excuse himself/herself to visit the toilet in between a meal or right after one (more than once that is), chances are he/she is bulimic. He/she would usually do this in order to purge the food he/she had just consumed.
If you happen to visit a friend’s house and think that he/she is bulimic, check for signs that could point out the issue. For instance, check for objects like spoons or plastic bags that don’t normally belong in places like the bathroom. Check for laxatives or diuretics that might be strewn around carelessly, placed in boxes, cupboards or bags.
A person with bulimia would most often exercise rigorously only to crash into bed immediately afterwards. He/she would have damaged gums and teeth, and would most probably have scars, sores or calluses on his/her hands and knuckles.
A good way to find out if a person is bulimic or not is to keep a check on their emotions. Usually, bulimic individuals would tend to remain depressed, stressed out or irritated for most part of the day. He/she would most probably look guilty or remorseful immediately after emerging from the bathroom.This is due to the fact that he/she knows that his/her behavior is abnormal and that he/she cannot bring it upon himself/herself to get rid of it.