Shortcuts Not To Take
Bulimia is a shortcut that we should never take to weight loss. There are significant health risks, and it does not provide the desired results.
Many of us are overweight due to unhealthy eating or just plain overeating. Obesity is now at epidemic proportions. We have become a fast food and junk food population, both with little nutritional value and many calories. Unhealthy eating is now the national choice.
Although healthy eating is the only reliable way to avoid weight gain, many people think it is too complicated and takes too long. In our society, everyone is looking for a fast and easy way to lose weight. We want a shortcut.
I can understand the desire for a shortcut. Weight has been a problem in my life, and I am always hoping for some easy way.
Bulimia and anorexia have increased at an alarming rate because of our desire to get a quick fix. Although it is primarily associated with teenage girls and young women, some young men are affected.
What is Bulimia?
Wikipedia defines the disease Bulimia nervosa, also known as simply Bulimia, as an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. Binge eating refers to eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time. Purging refers to the attempts to get rid of the food consumed.
It seems simple. You want to lose weight, but you also want to enjoy the pleasure you get from eating. So you eat until you can not hold anymore, and then you vomit and start over. You lose weight because you do not digest your food.
You lose weight, so why not? The food tastes good, and if it does not stay in you, it can’t harm you, or can it?
Why is Bulimia Harmful?
Young women want to be considered beautiful, and in today’s culture, some believe that being slim is glamorous. Being lean is regarded as the glittering prize, but at what cost?
To be healthy, you must eat the proper nutrients. If you eat correctly but then purge them through vomiting, it will not be beneficial. It will be impossible to keep clear, healthy skin and hair, and your energy levels will go through the floor.
One of the problems is that people living with Bulimia never believe they are slim enough. So they keep purging until they get help or die. Often they end up killing themselves through malnutrition.
What are the Complications?
The only good thing about Bulimia is that you can lose weight. However, the risk of damage to your organs can be catastrophic and some not reversible. Below I have listed some of the problems caused by Bulimia.
Bulimia can cause cardiac complications such as irregular heartbeat and even heart failure. Electrolyte imbalances usually cause these problems. Although the electrolytes can be brought back into balance many times, heart damage remains.
Due to the constant purging, you may become dehydrated, which stresses your whole body. The dehydration causes you to feel tired and slows your mental reactions.
Another common effect is Edema. “Edema” is the medical term for swelling. Body parts swell from injury or inflammation. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Medications, pregnancy, infections, and many other medical problems can cause Edema. Edema happens when your small blood vessels leak fluid into nearby tissues.” You can find out more at WebMD.
You can lose some of the necessary minerals from your body, such as potassium, sodium, and chloride. These are necessary for your muscles to work correctly.
These are just a few of the problems caused by Bulimia. You could also get ulcers or pancreatitis, and digestive irregularities.
Healthy eating is still the best method of weight control and weight loss. If you know someone that is trying to lose weight with Bulimia warn them about the dangers. When they continue, you need to get them medical help.
Suppose you have already started down this road stop now and seek help. It is too dangerous, and in the long run, it is not practical.