Bulimia is an illness in which a person has regular episodes of eating a very large amount of food and feels a loss of control over eating. The person then uses different ways, such as vomiting or laxatives (purging), to prevent weight gain. Many people with bulimia also have anorexia nervosa.
HOW IS BULIMIA DIAGNOSED?
The test for diagnosing this is done by a dentist through a dental exam which may show cavities or gum infections. The physical exam done by the dentist may show:
• Broken blood vessels in the eyes (from the strain of vomiting)
• Dry mouth
• Pouch-like look to the cheeks
• Rashes and pimples
• Small cuts and calluses across the tops of the finger joints from forcing oneself to vomit
• Blood tests may show an electrolyte imbalance (such as hypokalemia) or dehydration.
HOW IS BULIMIA TREATED?
Bulimia can be treated with psychologic counselling and medications like anti-depressants. Early treatment will always help for a better cure while avoiding serious complications.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bulimia is more prevalent in cities than in rural areas.