Facts About Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder that stems from a loss of control over eating habits and a longing to stay thin. Many people associate the condition with throwing up after eating. But there is much more to know about bulimia than this one symptom. Here are 10 facts about bulimia to change misconceptions you may…

Bulimia is a mental disorder.

Bulimia is an eating disorder, but it can also be referred to as a mental disorder. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders such as bulimia are the most fatal mental conditions in the United States. This fact is attributed to long-term health problems, as well as suicide. Some…

Bulimia may be genetic.

Societal pressures and mental disorders such as depression are just two of the possible causes of bulimia. Some scientists believe that the disorder may be genetic. You may be more prone to developing bulimia if your parent has a related eating disorder. Still, it’s not clear whether this is due to genes or environmental factors…

It affects men, too.

While women are the most prone to eating disorders, especially bulimia, the disorder is not gender specific. According to ANAD, up to 15 percent of people being treated for bulimia and anorexia are male. Men are often less likely to exhibit noticeable symptoms or seek appropriate treatments. This can put them at risk for health problems.

Bulimia can inhibit healthy reproduction.

Women with bulimia often experience missed periods. Bulimia can have lasting effects on reproduction even when your menstrual cycle goes back to normal. The danger is even greater for women who get pregnant during episodes of “active” bulimia. Consequences can include: miscarriage stillbirth gestational diabetes high blood pressure during pregnancy breech baby and subsequent cesarean…

Antidepressants may help.

Antidepressants have the potential to improve bulimic symptoms in people who also have depression. According to the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Prozac (fluoxetine) is the only FDA-approved medication for bulimia. It has been found to help prevent binges and purges.