A fact that many average Americans are unaware of is that Bulimia Nervosa is a more common physical/mental ailment than the often more stigmatized anorexia. The amount of significant health effects that bulimia can have on the human body is truly shocking and horrific. Individuals who suffer from this disorder can have a tendency to overeat and then force themselves to vomit the food back up on a regular basis which leads to an unhealthy level of stomach acid being exposed to the teeth that can cause serious dental issues. These individuals are also prone to a mild form of self-harm in which they claw at their hands and fingers as a nervous habit. These are all compounded by their greatest fear, which is brought on by food, becoming obese. It is a sad and vicious cycle that must be helped.
- People with bulimia will eat a large quantity of food, then vomit or take a laxative.
- Dehydration can be caused by the vomiting and laxative use of bulimia.
- Dental issues such as tooth decay, discoloration and even loss of teeth can be caused by bulimia.
“Recognizing the proper signs and symptoms of bulimia can help to mitigate these health risks, but due to the secretive nature of this disorder, can often be challenging.”