Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

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Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Dec 07, 2014
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Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

The effects of Bulimia are both physical and psychological, the former, a direct result of improper eating and the purging methods employed and the latter, due to depression.

Bulimia is known to affect the mental and physical well-being of the patient. Though it not associated with extreme weight loss, the condition is as serious as Anorexia.

The general effects of Bulimia on the physical health include:

  • Continuous symptoms of sore throat and inflammation.
  • Heartburn because of acid reflux which is brought on by constant self-induced vomiting.
  • The acid reflux could lead to ruptured oesophagus.
  • Presence of teeth erosions, cavities, gum disease/bleeding gums.
  • Ulcers in the mouth due to vitamin deficiencies.
  • Irregular menstruation.
  • Bowel and kidney diseases.
  • Intestinal problems.
  • Bloating of stomach, stomach ulcers.

References:

  1. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
  2. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers, Niraj Ahuja, MD.
  3. Bulimia nervosa: an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48. Russell, Gerald F.M.
  4. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities. 6th Edition. Oxford press. Judith Colier, Murray Longmore, Peter Scally.
  5. Russell, Gerald F.M. Bulimia nervosa : an ominous variant of anorexia nervosa. Psych Med. 1979; 9:429-48.

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