Effects of Bulimia
Some of bulimia's effects, especially the long-term effects, can take a severe toll on the body. Such effects include heart problems, intestinal problems, muscle fatigue, and fluid imbalances in the body. Furthermore, many people with bulimia also suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other psychiatric illnesses.
Bulimia is more than just a problem with food. Purging to prevent weight gain is a way for people with bulimia to feel more in control of their lives and to ease stress and anxiety.
Bulimia can be quite harmful to the body over the long run. Some of bulimia's effects include:
- Heart problems, such as irregular heartbeat, low pulse, low blood pressure, weakened heart muscle, or heart failure
- Fluids and electrolytes problems, such as dehydration and low levels of potassium, magnesium, and sodium
- Intestinal problems, such as constipation, irregular bowel movements, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping
- Mouth problems, including cavities, tooth enamel erosion, gum disease, and sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Mental health problems, including depression, fear of gaining weight, anxiety, dizziness, shame, and low self-esteem
- Throat and esophagus soreness, irritation, or tears
- Stomach problems, including ulcers, pain, and delayed emptying
- Abrasion of knuckles
- Dry skin
- Cheek swelling or soreness
- Blood in vomit
- Irregular or absent period
- Muscle fatigue.