According to the Eating Disorders Association of UK, at least 10% of those suffering from bulimia die of it. These statistics are very discomforting and the condition must never be overlooked. Eating disorders in general stem from psychological issues. If you know of anyone suffering from bulimia do not neglect them; they need help. With proper medical attention and the support of family and friends, they can recover successfully from the condition and lead a normal healthy life.
How to identify a bulimic
Look out for the following symptoms to identify if any loved one has bulimia.
- Bulimics are always preoccupied with their weight. Every bite they eat they are counting the calorie and live in the constant fear that they will gain weight.While being worried about weight is commonly being obsessed with it is not.
- Bulimics are loners who eat alone; as a result of their binge, you can see large amounts of food vanish.
- The presence of cuts on their hands which result from the teeth biting on their fingers which are pushed down their throat to induce vomiting.
- And finally, spending unusually long time in the bathroom soon after eating on a regular basis.
- Regular vomiting will affect your heart and lead to palpitations and arrhythmia.
- Frequent purging erodes the teeth enamel leaving your teeth yellow and exposed to early tooth decay
- Too much binging can lead to the ripping of the stomach lining leading to dire consequences
- You will experience severe stomach pain and inflammation fo the esophagus.
Advice to bulimics
Seek medical help as soon as possible. Let your family know your problems and rely on their support. Bulimia is treatable and you can recover fully if you make the effort and seek proper professional help. You know how to make yourself sick, now it is time you learned how to heal yourself and lead a normal life.