Have you ever seen someone who eats all the time and occasionally throws food in their mouth without seeming to have control over it? Chances are, they are suffering from Bulimia. Bulimia is a compulsive eating disorder in which an individual eats huge amount of food within a short time frame. It involves binge eating and having no control over eating habits. Sufferers are tagged as Bulimic and mostly in their early childhood or late childhood.
The reason people develop this illness differs from person to person. The various reasons why it occurs in people includes:
• Genetic disorder: It is known to be hereditary and having a Bulimia patient in ones family puts one at risk of developing Bulimia later on in life.
• Emotional distress and psychological trauma: some people are known to binge eat whenever they are going through stress or uncomfortable. This is as a result of them suffering from Bulimia but most people don’t recognize that they are suffering from this mental illness.
• Extreme dieting: Going on an extreme diet might trigger Bulimia in people as they tend to want to over compensate for the lost weight.
• Low self esteem: When one feels like they are not up to par, they tend to eat too much to make up for the parts of their body which they think they lack which ends up making them Bulimic.
• Poor self perception: This is similar to low self esteem but it is more of a comparison with others who the person think he or she is inferior to. The individual tends to see himself as not good enough and his or her body needs more work to look good.
• Extreme focus on body appearance: Some people are self obsessed with their body. They pay too much attention to their body and this obsession leads them into thinking their body needs more improvements to be better, the sad part of this is, irrespective of how many changes they do to their body and weight they gain, they still won’t get satisfaction from what they see.
• Stressful life change: Going through a tough time can also trigger and cause Bulimia in people. Heartbreak, accident, partial paralysis and accidents can make one literally let themselves go and forget to pay attention to their eating habits.
Types of Bulimia
1. Purging Bulimia: In this case, the person engages in self induced vomiting and excessive use of laxatives to induce purging after inducing themselves.
2. Non-purging Bulimia: This involves the habit of binge eating and usimg alternatives of getting rid of the food other than vomiting to compensate for their excesefood intake by dieting, exercising and even fasting for a long stretch of time.
WARNING SIGNS OF BULIMIA
The following are the warning signs you should look at for to know if you’re gradually developing Bulimia.
• When you binge eat a lot irrespective of how much food you have previously consumed.
• When you induce yourself into vomiting.
• Scars on knuckles due to excessive dipping of hand into cans of food and containers.
• Overweight appearance.
• Low self esteem.
Complications arising from Bulimia
Over-indulging yourself in anything has its own downside and the complications that comes with Bulimia is best avoided as they can be very dangerous to her man health.
• Digestive problems
• Low self esteem
• Irregular period
• Bipolar disorder
• Suicidal actions and thoughts
• Gum disease
• Tooth decay
• Low libido
• Ruptures of the stomach
• Stomach ulcer
• Swelling of salivary glands
• Erosion of enamel.