Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Bulimia

 

Overview

Is an eating disorder which is also categorised under psychological aberration and is characterised by excessive eating spells followed by self induced vomiting, use of laxatives and diuretics, over exercising, enemas and bouts of fasting to compensate for the eating binges. 

 

Causes

Bulimia may occur more frequently in relatives of people with eating disorders. This frequency appears to be related to genetics. Research has suggested that altered levels of the serotonin chemical in the brain may play a role in bulimia. Cultural factors may influence this as emphasis of thinness and figure play an important role of acceptance in society.  

 

Symptoms

The earliest and most obvious signs of bulimia is an over concern with weight and the body’s shape. People with bulimia may complain of generalised weakness, fatigue, abdominal pain and loss of menstrual cycle. They may complain of vomiting without letting on that it is self induced. There could be episodes of binge eating and then the person may resort to excessive exercise or fasting to counteract bingeing.

Dental cavities, loss of tooth enamel, enlarged salivary glands and scars on knuckles may be present due to vomiting. Other symptoms may be dry skin, change in hair and nails, swelling of legs and feet, and at times loss of sensation in feet and hands. Clinical depression cannot also be ruled out in bulimia.

 

 

Diagnosis

It is very important that family members take the initiative to notice severe weakness, abdominal pain and vomiting of blood which are important in diagnosing the problem of bulimia. The doctor will note down the symptoms and medical history of the person and may suggest lab tests to make a correct evaluation of the problem after doing a physical examination of the person. They may also be referred to a psychologist for diagnosis.

 

 

Treatment

Early treatment is very important. The treatment may involve both a doctor and a psychologist. The family play a very supportive role in helping the person to maintain a reasonable eating pattern and monitor their behaviour. Removing the emphasis on physical appearance in particular within the family may aide treatment.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may prove useful in altering the distorted thought patterns of the person leading to a better psychological frame of mind. Various other complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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