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 . Regardless of gender, anyone with this eating disorder risks long-term physical health effects.