Causes of bulimia.
exact cause of bulimia is unknown, various genetic, psychological and social
factors are thought to play a role in its development. Risk factors include:
- A history
of eating disorders or obesity in the family
- Issues with
pressures to be thin
pressure to be thin (i.e. modeling or ballet)
trauma, such as sexual abuse
with bulimia are often normal weight, so the disease can be difficult to
detect. Physical symptoms of bulimia vary, but may include:
problems, such as cavities, tooth erosion or gum infections
blood vessels in the eyes
- Acne or
cuts across the finger joints from inducing vomiting
People with bulimia may also overeat but not gain weight, go to the bathroom right
after meals or act secretive about eating.
untreated, bulimia can result in a variety of complications, including
constipation, hemorrhoids, pancreatitis and tears in the esophagus. Eventually,
bulimic individuals may develop heart problems, kidney failure and osteoporosis.
bulimia has not progressed to the point where hospitalization is needed, most
treatment plans involve a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy,
medication and support groups. When
co-occurring conditions (such as substance abuse or depression) are present, they may need to be treated