Recognizing Bulimia

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Bulimia is an eating disorder that primarily effects women but men can also suffer from bulimia. It is similar to anorexia because the sufferer fears weight gain and is unhappy about their body size. Bulimia can lead to anemia, irregular heartbeat, weakened heart muscle, dehydration and even death if it is not treated. Here are some signs to look for if you suspect someone of being bulemic.

“Closet” eater.

In front of people, some bulemics will only “pick” at their food. Often they will binge on food when they are alone and then purge to get rid of it. If you notice large amounts of food “missing” you might have a bulemic around.

Excessive exercise.

A bulemic is often so self-absorbed about their body image that they exercise excessively.

Elimination methods.

Some bulimics use laxatives to help them rid themselves of food. Others will take water pills to help them pass urine. Most bulimics will purge after eating. Signs of this will include use of mouthwash or breath mints.

Menstrual cycles.

Because bulimics are not getting enough nutrients, often they will stop having their monthly menstrual cycle or have it occasionally.

Mental health

Depression is often common amongst bulimics. Not getting enough nutrients can cause depression and the pressure of not feeling adequate keeps causing bulimics to binge and purge.

Bulimia can be cured. For help use the following links.

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

http://www.anad.org

http://www.aaedweb.org

 

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