Bulimia is an eating disorder forcing people to binge on food and then purge through self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise.
People suffering from bulimia tend to feel disgusted and guilty about fat and food. Although most of the people with bulimia have normal weights but they think of themselves as fat. You must consult a doctor for bulimia treatment to overcome the eating disorder.
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Approximately 90% of people with bulimia are women, and the disorder usually begins a few years after puberty. Social pressures, genetics, and emotional problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and extreme perfectionism contribute to bulimia's development.
Without bulimia treatment, people with bulimia become dehydrated and malnourished. This causes mineral and vitamin deficiencies, dry skin, nails, and hair.
People with bulimia are constipated from laxative abuse. Constant vomiting brings stomach acids that irritate the throat and mouth.
Without treatment, some side effects, such as kidney failure, can be fatal. Dehydration can lower the body's electrolyte level, causing heart problems or even death. Bulimia, however, is treated. The sooner people start bulimia treatment, the faster the recovery.
Successful recovery depends on the work of dieticians, physicians, psychiatrists, and the patient. Psychiatrists work with the patient to break the cycles of binge-and-purge and to educate the patient about what he is doing to the body and mind.
Group therapy and support groups are also helpful for people recovering from bulimia. Information about many support groups can be found online.