Bulimia – Symptoms and prevention
Bulimia is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with bulimia regularly will stuff themselves with food, and then they feel guilty for the amount they consumed and try to get rid of the calories as fast as possible. After episodes of uncontrolled intake of large quantities of food, people with bulimia throw out food by forced vomiting or excessive use of laxatives and diuretics. Some people burn additional calories with extreme workout sessions.
People who are bulimia live in fear of weight gain and are preoccupied with thoughts of weight and calories. They feel like they have no control over what they eat and they often overeat until they feel pain in the stomach and have the urge to vomit. After overeating they feel guilt and shame or are depressed. They use excessive amounts of laxatives and diuretics or use supplements or teas for weight loss. Extreme exercise is another form for them to feel in control in their process of weight loss. Forced vomiting becomes regular after every meal. People who suffer from bulimia have sore throats due to frequent vomiting and suffer from abdominal pain and bloating.