Eating disorders are a widespread and complicated phenomenon in America. Bulimia is particularly complicated because the effects of bulimia are less obvious than those of anorexia. However, the effects of bulimia can be incredibly dangerous to both the body and mind. That’s why we here at Selah House have set out to educate the public and treat those in need.
The time to get help is now.
The Signs of Bulimia
Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by two stages. The first is uncontrollable episodes of binge-eating, where a person consumes a lot of food in a single sitting. Purging, the second stage, then follows. When a person purges, they self-induce vomiting or occasionally use laxatives to rid themselves of the food they just ate.
Bulimia can be more difficult to notice than anorexia because bulimics are usually average to slightly above average weight. That is why it’s important to keep an eye out for these signs. Some of the effects of bulimia are physical, while others are more behavioral. The signs include:
- Scratched knuckles
- Stained teeth from vomiting
- Disappearing after meals for lengthy periods of time
- Fixation on food or weight
- Expressing shame after eating
- Abuse of laxatives or diuretics
If you begin to notice these signs in a loved one, you should offer your support and encourage vulnerability. Admitting the eating disorder exists is the first step towards seeking professional bulimia treatment. It’s also important to keep the effects of bulimia in mind. It’s not something to take lightly.
The Effects of Bulimia
Bulimia can take a toll on a person, especially if the problem persists for a long time. The effects of bulimia, like the signs, can take a physical or emotional form. The effects include:
- Sore throat or hoarse voice
- Acid reflux
- Electrolyte shortage
- Pregnancy or menstruation complications
- Dry skin
- Increased depression or anxiety
- Feelings of isolation
- Increased chances of substance abuse
- Damaged immune system
- Damaged digestive system
The effects can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. The severity of the situation is why, if you see the signs, you should seek out a bulimia disorder treatment center immediately.
At Selah House, we make it our mission to help you or a loved one heal and grow. One of the most important steps of recovering from disordered eating is to find a strong support system. A strong network of support from your friends and family is invaluable in the healing process.
Selah House also offers its residential eating disorder treatment center to those who need to separate themselves from their everyday lives. In our inpatient programs, the focus is you and your growth. With the help of nutritionists, talented and compassionate therapists, and your support network of friends and family, recovery is right around the corner. Even after you complete one of our programs, we offer aftercare options to support our alumni.
To combat the effects of bulimia and begin recovery, contact Selah House today at 765.442.3551! We are here to help.