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It’s an eating disorder that involves the compulsive eating of larger quantities of food over a short period of time.

What to look for


Cravings for food. Depression. Overuse of laxatives. Gastrointestinal upset. The fear of becoming fat. Gum infections, tooth discolouration, tooth enamel erosion and cavities.  weight shifting (although relatively normal weight may be maintained).

Bulimia, like anorexia nervosa, is psychological and both involve an obsession with food and weight and this can be fatal consequences. While anorexics simply starve themselves, Bulimics binge on food and then relieve by self-induced vomiting. Bulimics often use diet pills, laxatives, and diuretics to reduce their weight. They usually keep it a secret. Bulimia can occur on its own or with anorexia. Despite their overlap,

They have different personality traits: Anorexics suppress all urges to eat, including sexual ones; Bulimics tend to satisfy their desires, impulsively getting into trouble with shoplifting, sexual promiscuity, drugs or binge binge buying The well being of a person that is bulimic depends on them, vomiting may be seldom or very often. Physical effects include inflammation of the oesophagus, tooth decay, swelling of the stomach or pancreas, the enlarged salivary glands and gum disease from vomiting stomach acids.

Regular vomiting also decreases the water and potassium in bodily tissues, causing muscle spasms, abnormal heart rhythms and even paralysis. In some serious cases this physical problems can lead to the death of the patients. Suicide is also of concern In most cases people with Bulimia will not regain their health on their own. They need to be monitored by professionals.



Conflict and pressure within the family are thought to be the primary cause She feel’s that she can’t live up to her parent’s expectations (they are likely to be an over-achiever and a perfectionist). She often suffers from depression and has a low self-esteem. The history of abuse is common in bulimia sufferers.

Dietary considerations

She should be on a balanced diet of all the main food groups, try to avoiding sugar. Also eliminate alcohol, caffeine, flavour enhancers, most salt, and cigarettes. Increase your daily intake of vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and a multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement.

When to seek further professional advice

You find yourself secretly over eating and then vomiting or using laxatives. .you don’t like eating in front of other people your child has an unreasonable fear of being fat and thinks she's fat when she's not. your child avoids eating with others or goes to the bathroom immediately after meals.


Alternative/natural Treatments


Most alternative therapies for bulimia do not confront the cause of the disorder, But it can help by relieving some of the physical distress resulting from it. Herbal Therapies - anything that reduce anxiety or depression. To soothe stomach pains or mouth inflammation.

Traditional Treatment

The person involved has to realise that they have a problem and that there health is in danger and that they need treatment. It is vital that all doctors and specialists involved work together to help the patients. Antidepressants are now used in bulimia therapy regularly.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18