Overeating and getting up immediately to the bathroom are warning signs that someone suffers bulimia , an eating disorder that can be fatal if not treated in time. Therefore, it is important that you eliminate the myths surrounding this condition.
According to National Eating Disorders (NEDA) , the bulimia It is characterized by binge eating and compensatory behavior such as vomiting. Other warning signs are unusual swelling of the cheeks, calluses on the back or knuckles of the hands, and discoloration of the teeth.
In accordance with Tennie McCarty, specialist in eating disorders , says that breaking the myths about bulimia helps a quick recovery of the affected.
1. It is associated only with vomiting
Vomiting is an action to eliminate from the body the foods that are ingested during binge eating, but it is not the only one.
Those affected also resort to laxatives and diuretics to purge their body.
2. Only women are affected
It is real that they are the ones who lead the cases, but it also affects men.
Even men who participate in sports or who are concerned with their physique often hide the disorder very well.
3. People with bulimia are thin in excess
It's not real. Some patients usually have a medium or normal body weight, so it is important to identify warning signs.
4. It is not dangerous
Quite the opposite. Bingeing and vomiting damage the digestive system. The person suffers an imbalance of electrolytes, loss of potassium and other essential nutrients.
Therefore, the risk of suffering heart problems, strokes and gastric ulcers increases.
5. Diets favor bulimia
Having a balanced and healthy diet does not mean that the person is at risk for bulimia.
Bulimia is associated with other disorders such as depression and a little acceptance of body image.
Approximately, the bulimia affects 2% of women concerned about weight gain. One way to avoid it is to know, accept and love your body, as well as take care of it in a healthy way to keep it in good shape.