Bulimia and Your Health. Are You Aware of the Consequences?

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 pm by


Bulimia is an eating disorder which is characterised by bingeing and purging.  Someone suffering from bulimia may eat large amounts of food and then try and counteract the effect of their calorie intake by making themselves sick, use of laxatives or excessive exercising.  Bulimia is a disease connected with poor self image, and often a desire to lose weight but does nothing in the long term to enhance appearance or health.

The Side Effects Of Bulimia

The impact the continuous bingeing and purging has on the body may not be immediately noticeable, but, just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they are not happening.  The hair, skin, teeth, bones and muscles will deteriorate as the disease continues.

The cycle of bingeing and purging by self induced vomiting, laxative abuse and obsessive exercising means that the digestive system is constantly in a negative state of flux.  As the sufferer continually empties the stomach the body doesn’t receive the nutrients that it needs to function correctly.  Those suffering from bulimia may also suffer from anaemia, dehydration, malnourishment and electrolyte imbalance.

Bulimia and the Muscular System

The chemical imbalances caused in the body by bulimia means that muscles do not get the energy that they require to function properly.  Exercising will do little to increase muscle mass or improve muscle tone as they do not receive the correct messages from the brain and muscles will continue to weaken.  The muscular system will deteriorate and muscles can even go into cramps and spasms.  Apart from the obvious pain and discomfort, sufferers of bulimia may feel lethargic most of the time.

Bones and Bulimia

All the systems of the body must work together but bulimia stops the body from functioning correctly.  Bulimia can also have a negative impact on the skeletal system, as the lack of nutrients available to the body mean that bones do not receive the nourishment that they need to maintain their strength and eventually osteoporosis might be the result.  This is especially common in women as they hit menopause, and if they have a history of bulimia or any other eating disorder they may find that the symptoms can be quite severe.  It is important to consider the effects that bulimia has, not just on short term health, but for future health complications.

Exercise and Bulimia

Exercise routines will also be negatively impacted by constant bingeing and purging.  Food is a fuel which the body uses to carry out important body functions and without this exercising can be difficult.  Energy levels will be reduced and one will not be able to put out the energy required in at the gym.  Protein is required to build muscle and as the body is starved of food you cannot build muscle without these essential building blocks just as you cannot build a house without bricks.

Getting Help

The sooner someone seeks help from bulimia, the sooner some of the symptoms can be reversed.  Professional help is often required to help break the negative cycle of binge eating and purging that characterises this dangerous eating disorder.  With the right help and counselling, someone suffering from bulimia can go on to lead a much healthier life style.

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