Eating disorders have always fascinated me; however, I have never been compelled to try them. Anorexia makes sense to me, but Bulimia is a whole other story. I've never understood why someone would eat, and then want to go throw up to get rid of the delicious food they have just eaten. After reading about Bulimia, I understand that it is a vicious cycle. People who are Bulimic are addicted to food, but then later are ashamed that they have consumed maybe 3,000-5,000 calories in one HOUR, so then they vomit, use laxatives, or fast. The most interesting part about the research done on Bulimia is that even though this person has just thrown up all of their food that they have consumed, the vomiting does NOT prevent weight gain. Neither does using laxatives or diuretics. I've always thought that Bulimia was like anorexia, except that you ate food then threw it up and then lost weight. But most Bulimics are in fact over weight. Bulimia does a lot of damage to your body and teeth as well. You can become dehydrated, calluses form on your fingers, you could become anemic, and depression can set in as well. Also, your teeth become corroded and you are more prone to cavities and gum disease (from being exposed to stomach acid after vomiting.) Bulimia will not help you lose weight, so if you think you are bulimic go talk to a doctor. The most effective way to lose weight is to eat right, and exercise regularly.
Blog 3: Bulimia
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