Bulimia: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder defined by a loss of control over your eating habits and an obsession with being thin. Most people already know that the disorder has to do with throwing up after meals, but there are a lot of facts about it that people are not aware of. Here’s part one of our list.

Number Fifteen: It Affects One out of 10 Young Women

A lot of people don’t know how common bulimia really is. If you know a lot of women between the ages of 15 and 30, chances are you know some people suffering from it.

Number Fourteen: Bulimia May Include Excessive Exercise

It’s not just about throwing up. Often times the disorder also includes being obsessed with exercise, which sufferers believe will help them attain their ideal image of being thin. This can exacerbate the problem by contributing to dehydration and exhaustion.

Number Thirteen: It Causes Other Illnesses

Along with being its own disorder, bulimia can also cause a myriad of other health issues, including pneumonia. There are reports of people ending up with a collapsed lung due to vomit getting stuck in their chest area.

Number Twelve: It’s not a Matter of ‘Just Stopping’

You can’t just flick a switch and be done with it. It’s not only a physical battle, but a heavily psychological one, and healing from it means learning how to accept yourself along with learning how to eat normally again.

Number Eleven: You Can’t Always Tell When People Have It

It’s a common misconception that the symptoms of this are apparent in people, such as yellowing teeth or bad skin, but it’s not actually true. Some sufferers go through this for a long time and still maintain a healthy looking outer appearance.

Number Ten: It’s Often One of Many Problems

Sufferers of bulimia often have other addictive behaviors. Among these are drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm, an image of low self-worth or depression.

Number Nine: Bulimics Don’t Purge Every Meal

Many people only feel the need to throw up after eating something unhealthy. We hope you found part one of our list informative, check back soon for part two.

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