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What is Bulimia?
Member Name: stresshead2000
Date: 30/05/01, updated on 30/05/01 (855 review reads)
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Bulimia is an eating disorder where people eat a large amount of food and then make themselves sick, take laxatives or both.
It is often a very secretive illness and leads to awful guilt feelings. Most sufferers appear to be coping well with life although they are different behind closed doors.
Most bulimics are a normal weight so the problem is not as easily noticed as anorexia (where the person is usually extremely thin)
The problem is usually tied with psychological problems and a low self esteem.
My own experience of Bulimia has left me with no enamel on my front teeth and I have had to have 2 teeth out at the back caused by constant vomiting.
Other medical problems are having a swollen stomach, swollen glands
and a puffy face and a constant sore throat. It also causes electolyte imbalance (low pottasium being one of the main things to worry about as this can affect the heart)
In my experience dietitans and food plans do not help unless you are really willing to give up the illness, and the fact that I don't want to gain weight stops me from working hard enough to beat it. Having said that, help is availabe if you are strong enough and brave enough to accept it and many people do recover.
I also beleive that the only people who can undertand the guilt, disgust and depression it causes are people who are also suffering or have suffered at some time.
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