Eating Disorders, such as bulimia, are severe behavioral alterations related to eating. Bulimia is characterized by quickly ingesting a large amount of food and looking for a way to eliminate it. They are generally motivated by a sense of guilt for the abuse.
Typically, we seek to compensate for excessive intake through behaviors such as vomiting, indiscriminate use of laxatives, strenuous and prolonged exercise, and excessive water drinking.
Bulimia can have serious consequences for physical, mental, and emotional health. Some physical consequences involve an imbalance of electrolytes, dehydration, dental problems, gastrointestinal conditions, and hormonal decompensation.
These conditions have side effects. For example, vomiting repeatedly can cause a potassium deficiency that can cause cardiac arrhythmias, muscle weakness, and fatigue.
Another of the significant effects of this eating disorder is the mental health conditions generated. They can be depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, guilt, and loss of control
That is why a multidisciplinary team of professionals is recommended as part of the treatment of bulimia. This intervention includes psychological support that gives the patient adequate self-worth and identity to lead a whole life.