How does bulimia nervosa affect daily life?

Due to the fact people with bulimia nervosa are typically normal or above average weight, they often are able to hide their condition for years. This condition can be very hard to cope with and may often interfere with everyday living. People with bulimia nervosa may have a hard time because of their constant preoccupation with wanting to be skinny and being afraid of gaining weight. Their secret binging and purging habits may also get in the way of activities of daily living. They may find it hard to cope with their persistent self-consciousness, preoccupation of perceived flaws, and pressures from the media and society. Their condition may put a strain on their relationships as well. 
 
People with bulimia nervosa may have other comorbid psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse problems. These issues can further have a negative impact on everyday life. Possible complications of bulimia nervosa include:
 
  • Dehydration
  • Heart problems such as irregular heart beat or heart failure
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Alcohol/drug abuse
  • Suicide
  • Digestive problems
  • Absent/irregular periods in females
  • Swelling/soreness in the salivary glands
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Electrolyte imbalance 
  • Laxative dependence 
 
 
*Bulimia nervosa can be dangerous and even deadly. Prompt treatment is very important when dealing with this condition*
 
 
living with bulimia nervosa
 
 

Sources
  • "Bulimia nervosa." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 23 Aug. 2017. Web. 24 Aug. 2017.
  • "Bulimia Nervosa.” | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2017.
  • “Bulimia Nervosa.” The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Cleveland Clinic, 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Aug. 2017. 

 

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