Eating disorders (Bulimia) By grace Devlin

Bulimia nervous is a serious psychiatric illness characterised by a distorted body image and a obsession to lose weight, this includes a person to binge eat and then try to compensate for that behaviour by over exercising and purging (by vomiting or using laxatives)

Short and long term effects on physical and social

Short term

Unhealthy weight gain or loss, broken blood vessels in the eyes, puffy salivary glands, dehydration, constipation, darrhea, abdominal bloating and cramps, fatigue, sleep problems and decreased self-esteem.

Long term

It can cause long term health problems in almost every system in the body including the Cardiovascular system, Excretory system, Skeletal system, Reproductive system, Nervous system.

Physical effects

Tooth decay, facial swelling, scared hands, dry skin, sore throat, bloody vomit, red eyes

Seeking help: if someone if suffering or has a friend suffering or that they suspect, what are someways to seek help?

If you suspect someone if suffering or you know someone is suffering, they can go and seek help from there local doctor, or you can also go and seek help from a therapist.

Prevention strategies

There is no known way to prevent bulimia. Early treatment may be the best to prevent the disorder from progressing. Knowing the signs of bulimia and seeking immediate medical care can help prevent long term health problems.

Treatment options

Antidepressants, such as fluoxetine ( Prozac, for example), are sometimes used to reduce binge-purge cycles and relieve symptoms or depression that often occur along with eating disorders.

Signs and symptoms

Behavioural

Binge eating, compulsive behaviour, impulsivity, self harm, vomiting after overeating, lack of restraint

Whole body

Dehydration, fatigue, food aversion, hunger, water/electrolyte imbalance

Mouth

Bad breath, dental cavities, dryness

Weight

Body weight changes, weight loss

Menstrual

Absence of menstruation, irregular menstraution

Also common

Abnormality to taste, depression, pore self-esteem, sore throat

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