Individuals with the binge purge subtypes including bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, whilst may not present as extreme low body weight as the starvation subtypes, do put their bodies under equal physical and psychological risk.
Vomiting itself can very rapidly become a habit and leads to a decreased tolerance of food inside the stomach. As seen in the diagram below, regular induced vomiting can have some serious effects on the stomach and gullet.
Overstimulation of pancreas leads to low blood sugar.
Continual diarrhoea as a result of laxative dependence leads to loss of
minerals and bowel muscle tone and in its absence chronic constipation which in turn facilitates laxative dependence. Abuse of laxatives leads to dehydration and its associated complications. Persistent use of laxatives results in the digestive system becoming lazy and inefficient. When you try to cut down or stop taking them altogether you may become bloated because of water retention and constipated because the large intestine has become unused to working by itself. These symptoms will disappear with time when the body has been given a chance to function normally again. This may take many weeks.
Hair loss, acne, dry skin and hair as well as mouth ulcers are often side effects of dehydration and low potassium levels are the result of vomiting.
Regular binge purge cycles or purge cycles alone puts the individual at risk of dental decay due to acid stomach effects on the enamel of the teeth. The regular vomiting can also give the appearance of blood shot eyes.
On a cardiovascular level people of the binge purge subtypes or who encourage self-induced vomiting place the heart under strain and at high risk of developing irregular heartbeats and many suffers may experience palpitations and chest pains. These factors place individuals at high risk of suffering a heart attack.
At a gastrointestinal level sufferers may experience abdominal pain and develop stomach ulcers or the stomach may itself rupture due to severe binge eating.
As with the starvation syndromes individuals in the binge purge subtypes experience levels of malnourishment. In many cases this can include low levels of calcium and vitamin D sulphate (essential for calcium deposit in bones). Consequently, some sufferers are at risk of decalcification of bones ( where any calcium in the bones is broken down to decompensate for mineral deficiencies)
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