Bulimia: Effects and Symptoms


Bulimia also known as bulimia nervosa is characterized by episode of binge eating combined with inappropriate ways of stopping weight gain, unlike anorexia nervosa, those with this, typically maintain a normal body weight. Physical discomfort, associated with it includes abdominal pain or nausea and dental conditions. It also has psychological effects such as feelings of guilt, depression or self disgust.

This disorder is common among normal weight young women with family history of obesity,also those with those whose work or occupation requires specific body weight or shape such as models and athletes.it also common with women of Certain race. It is rarely found among men population.

Symptoms of this disorder includes:

  1. Eating in a discrete period of time(within any 2hour time period) an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most individual would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.
  2. A sense of lack of control over eating during episode
  3. Self induced vomiting and recurrent use of laxatives, diuretics and other medications, fasting or excessive exercise.
  4. The patient has a morbid fear of fatness, a relentless drive for thinness, or both and a disproportionate amount of self evaluation that depends on body weight and shape.

The most disturbing side effect of bulimia nervosa is the serious dental conditions such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Enamel erosion of the teeth
  • Dental caries
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Soft palate damage
  • Dry mouth
  • Esophageal damage
  • Decreased saliva production
  • Painful or bleeding gums
  • Salivary gland enlargement

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All this effects is caused by the continuous self induced vomiting which makes the teeth and other part of the mouth subjected to continual exposure of acid from the stomach, the stomach contains hydrochloric acid which is toxic to the mouth.

The treatment of this disorder is extensive it involves the combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication, such as personal therapy, family therapy and visiting a dentist who will give medication for the treatment of the conditions listed above, also other antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs will be given to reduce the agitation or compulsion felt by the patient. Theraphy treatment helps to check the diet and oral health of the patient and all forms of laxatives or diuretics are kept away from the reach of the patient.

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