Bulimia is Eating Disorder that Can Effect your Life

By: Ksana Vera

If you are one of the many people that eating disorders affect every year, there are long term effects that you must be aware of. Bulimia is an eating disorder that can affect your life in deeply permanent ways that you might not expect.

Never believe that an eating disorder of any sort is only an indication of a physical problem! Bulimia has its roots in psychological disorder and a strong sensation of being out of control. The cycle of binging and purging is one way that people suffering from bulimia believe that they can retain control of their lives, but this is definitely not the case. The damage that bulimics are doing to their bodies represents a loss of control, not only over their lives but their health.

Because of the stretching of the stomach due to binging, more food is required to feel satisfied , and thus a higher calorie count during the binging stage becomes necessary to find any satisfaction at all. If you are a bulimic, there is a high chance that you are fixated on your weight and crave perfection.

The thing to keep in mind, however, is that when you have an eating disorder, your perception is flawed. You won't be happy, no matter what you look like or what goal you reach until you've dealt with the real issue.

The effects of bulimia start with muscle weakness, fainting, dizziness, fatigue and missing periods. You'll notice that your ability to fend off diseases like colds and flus drop like a rock, preventing you from being able to do the things you enjoy.

Depending on your health at the beginning, the symptoms above will soon give way to more serious issues. The consequences of bulimia can be life-threatening, as you are weakening your entire body. You will be more prone to hormonal changes and your normal growth ca become stunted. With the binging periods, you risk high cholesterol and low blood pressure. Even more seriously, you can become a victim of heart disease and with the lack of nutrients that actually enter your system, you will be prone to osteoporosis, the loss of bone density. At extreme stages of bulimia, you will be facing neurological problems and possible organ failure.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is affected by an eating disorder like bulimia, speak to someone at once. Even if it's only a friend or a family member, it always helps to have someone else to speak to about your fears. You will not get better until you realize you want to get better and a support network can help you out a lot!

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