Bulimia nervosa may seem to be less damaging because it is much easier to hide than anorexia. While a person with anorexia nervosa will look emaciated rather quickly, it can take months of severe bulimia to until effects begin to present themselves.
It is important to seek treatment for bulimia as soon as possible because it can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. About 10% of individuals suffering from bulimia will die from either starvation, heart attack, other medical effects, or suicide. Treatment for bulimia is often multi-faceted, comprising both medical and psychological treatment.
Some Potential Physical Effects of Bulimia
- Tooth enamel erosion because of repeated exposure to acidic gastric contents.
- Dental cavities, sensitivity to hot or cold food.
- Swelling and soreness in the salivary glands (from repeated vomiting).
- Stomach Ulcers.
- Ruptures of the stomach and esophagus.
- Abnormal buildup of fluid in the intestines.
- Disruption in the normal bowel release function.
- Electrolyte imbalance.
- Irregular heartbeat and in severe cases, heart attack
- A greater risk for suicidal behavior