Bulimia is also called vomiting and eating addiction and is a disease that affects young women in particular. The symptoms are not always easy to spot for outsiders because those affected often hide them.
Bulimia is a vicious circle: patients suffer from a weight phobia and are terrified of gaining weight. Symptoms such as eating and food cravings still plague them and they try to compensate for them by taking extreme measures.
Uncontrolled eating attacks
Bulimics have particularly frequent eating attacks in the evening and at night. These are often not seizure-like, but actually planned: those affected buy large amounts of unhealthy and fatty foods and then eat them during the attacks. Because they feel too fat, they try to maintain or reduce their weight by self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, or medication such as laxatives.
Other symptoms of bulimia
Bulimia doesn’t always mean that patients have to be extremely underweight. However, they often suffer from other symptoms because the addiction to eating and vomiting causes damage to their health. Signs can also include an irritated or injured esophagus. Those affected often have tooth decay because the stomach acid damages the tooth enamel. The attacks disrupt the electrolyte balance and this can even lead to cardiac arrhythmias.