3 Deadly Myths bout bulimia

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Many people thinks that bulimia is just an eating disorder with no health complications. In fact there have been many jokes in the media about bulimics.  However all these are untrue. Read on to find out about the three deadly myths of bulimia.

Bulimia Myth 1

You cannot die from bulimia.

Yes you can! Bulimics suffer a high risk of running into medical complications. This is especially so if you are purging your body of the nutrients that it needs by using laxatives, vomiting, excessive exercising and fasting. Did you know the constant vomiting in bulimia causes a serious electrolyte imbalance in your body. It depletes your body of the important ions. You could die from a cardiac arrest due to a potassium depletion in your body. Furthermore, due to all the vomiting, you could get yellow and rotting teeth too. This is from the gastric acid from your stomach. Not a pretty sight indeed.

Myth 2

Bulimia is a good way to lose weight.

Bulimia is not a good way to lose weight. The truth is bulimia does  not help anybody lose weight. It damages the body with all the alternating between the bingeing and the purging. You need to find a healthy alternative. Seek professional advice. Do not resort to bulimia to achieve the weight that you want, You could learn to eat your food and yet keep off the fat at the same time.

Myth 3

Bulimia only applies to people who eat large quantities of food and vomit them out

There are many ways to get rid of the food that you have just consumed. A bulimic could use laxatives or enemas to stimulate the dumping process. They could also try and vomit it out . Other instances are such as excessive exercising, chronic dieting and fasting.

In conclusion, bulimia is a deadly eating disorder. So educate yourself today about bulimia. You can have your cake and eat it too and bulimia is not the way to go. Remember that!

At the root of bulimia is a need to feel in control. While purging is a strategy for controlling weight, bingeing is an attempt to calm depression, stress, shame, and even boredom. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia offers new and healthy ways to overcome the distressing feelings and negative body-image beliefs that keep you trapped in this cycle.

DBT and Bulimia
DBT and Bulimia