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Less Commonly Known Bulimia Side Effects

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder with symptoms that commonly include repeated episodes of extreme overeating followed by self-induced vomiting, lack of control over this binge-purge cycle, and a poor or unrealistic body image. You may already know that bulimia can lead to serious health problems such as dehydration, inflammation of the esophagus, tooth decay, electrolyte imbalances and potentially fatal changes in normal heart function. However, the disorder can also produce a range of less well-known side effects.

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Bulimia and Substance Abuse

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Bulimic Women Often Abuse Alcohol Due to Genetics, Study Finds

New findings from a team of American scientists point to underlying genetic factors as a probable explanation for co-occurring symptoms of bulimia and alcohol abuse/alcoholism in Caucasian-American and African-American women.

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Negativity, Social Awkwardness Common in Women With Eating Disorders

Recent evidence from a team of Swedish researchers indicates that women with eating disorders other than anorexia have personality traits that largely distinguish them from the general population.

Personality traits are the mixtures of long-term thought and behavioral tendencies that help differentiate human beings from each other. These traits develop in childhood and adolescence before reaching a more-or-less fixed form in adulthood. In a study published in March 2015 in the Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers from three Swedish institutions compared the typical personality traits of women with eating disorders other than anorexia to the personality traits of generally healthy women. These researchers found a number of traits that distinguish women with non-anorexia-related eating disorders and partially account for their symptoms.

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Bulimia and Anorexia Alter Women’s Decision-Making Processes

Several mood-related factors contribute to altered decision-making processes in women affected by the eating disorders bulimia and anorexia, according to new findings from a team of Japanese researchers.

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Activity Trackers Can Be a Danger for People With Eating Disorders

Activity trackers that monitor daily input and output of calories are helping many people jumpstart an exercise routine and become more active. In a society that has become increasingly inactive and overweight, activity trackers are generally considered to be a positive influence.

However, activity trackers can be a risk for people living with eating disorders or in the process of recovery from eating disorders. This is because the nature of these trackers and their emphasis on quantifying what we consume and what we burn plays right into the obsessive and compulsive nature of these disorders.

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Pro-Ana Websites Fuel Eating Disorders

Thinspiration and pro-ana are terms describing a disturbing trend online and especially on social media that involves supporting people in developing eating disorders. Type either term into a search engine and you will find any number of sites, social media groups, chat rooms and forums dedicated to members supporting each other in the quest to be thin at any cost. Do these websites and groups cause people to develop eating disorders? Do they worsen the condition in someone who already has one? Do they hinder recovery? Researchers and concerned professionals are trying to find out.

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Recognizing and Treating Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a recurring pattern of binge eating followed by either purging with laxatives, diuretics or self-induced vomiting, or through extreme dieting. It is a mental health disorder, meaning that recovery from the illness will require not only behavior modification but also a focus on improved emotional health.

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Female Athletes at High Risk for Eating Disorders

The eating disorder risk that female athletes face is intuitive and counter-intuitive at the same time. On the one hand, it’s natural to assume that athletes know how to take care of their bodies as well or better than anyone else in the world. On the other hand, many athletes are under great pressure to train harder and longer than anyone else or to keep their body weight as low as possible. In a recent study of college students, eating disorders were three times as common in athletes compared to non-athletes. The incidence of eating disorders is likely even higher among professional athletes, where the stakes are more substantial and the pressure to perform even greater.

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Understanding the Dangerous Health Effects of Bulimia

Any psychiatric disorder has the potential to seriously impact a person’s well-being. However, eating disorders are especially destructive because they affect both the emotional and physical health of those who suffer from them. In particular, bulimia nervosa can have serious and long-lasting effects on a person’s physical well-being, making early intervention critical.

Bulimia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder in which a person consumes relatively large amounts of food (or food that’s very high in calories and thus may contribute to weight gain) – “binging” – and then uses various means to rid the body of the excess calories – “purging”.  Purging methods include self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise, or a combination of these. Bulimia largely affects females, with about 1% to 4% of women experiencing it in their lifetime. However, males can develop the disorders as well.  In fact, it’s estimated that up to 15% of those suffering from bulimia are male [1]. Regardless of gender, anyone with this eating disorder risks long-term physical health effects.

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EDNOS: the Silent Killer

Everyone has heard of anorexia, bulimia, and probably compulsive eating as well. These are the eating disorders that can wreck lives and leave the sufferers devastatingly thin, morbidly obese, and with a host of physical and psychological damages. They kill, too; but the eating disorder that kills most often is little known. It is quiet, more common than the other disorders, and more deadly. It is called eating disorder not otherwise specified, or EDNOS.

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