The world is full of mysterious, interesting, queer, strange, scary and detrimental ailments and medical conditions. Bulimia is just one of them; however, this eating disorder has attracted a lot of attention of both medical experts and ordinary people over the past decades.
Typically, the mention of the word ‘rehab’ evokes either thoughts of alcohol problems or hard drugs abuse. Nonetheless, rehab is a place that caters for much more than these two types of disorders, and part of the list is eating disorders. Eating disorders can come in different forms, like starving or overeating.
In simple terms, this is an eating disorder where the victim takes in a significant amount of food in just a small time frame, and subsequently goes ahead to try and purge it out of fear of weight gain. Purging can be done by means of vomiting, using diuretics or laxatives, and even extreme exercises for a significant time. In most cases, the sense of losing control of oneself inspires purging which goes on in seclusion to maintain the secrecy.
The severity of the disorder can vary in different patients, but in most cases, this is a serious medical condition that requires proper treatment.
Some time back, in the 19th century, St. Bartholomew's Hospital medical practitioners got a one of a kind case where a woman amazingly consumed three full-loaves, large vegetable quantities, 3 pounds of steak, 1 pound of cereal, and an unbelievable 20 glasses of drinking water! However, what is even more surprising is that all that happened every day!
If that has not yet astonished you, Dr. Smith, an American doctor in Philadelphia, reported a bewildering case in the old journal named Medical and Surgical Reporter. One of the patients, a boy, consumed food unceasingly for 15 hours every day and visited the washrooms an approximate 8 to 9 times every evening. What is bizarre, however, is that despite recording a constant half-pound daily weight increase, the boy never ceased complaining of hunger.
Although people commonly associate bulimia with purging after meal consumption, there is much more to it than that. Depending on the type of bulimia, its symptoms can vary. There are two basic types of bulimia:
1. Bulimia nervosa purging type: where people force themselves to throw up.
2. Bulimia nervosa non-purging type: rather than purging, the individuals tend to use long exercise periods to achieve a similar result.
Irrespective of the type, the most common signs and symptoms of bulimia include:
- Weight fluctuations.
- Electrolyte imbalance (in severe cases can lead to death).
- Broken blood vessels especially in one's eyes.
- Enlarged glands in the neck.
- Oral trauma.
- Inflamed esophagus.
- Chronic acid reflux.
- Ulcers and even infertility.