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Does your teen obsess over his or her weight?

Is your youngster taking long bathroom breaks or showers right after meals?

Has your son or daughter been concerned with dieting and calorie counting?

These are some of the contributing factors that are involved in Bulimia Nervosa. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, "approximately 80% of Bulimia Nervosa patients are female." Males can also be at risk of developing this disorder, especially when they're under pressure from society to conform to a certain physical ideal. 

Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

  • Binge eating followed by purging behavior
  • Eating a large amount of food in a short period of time
  • Stringent dieting
  • Obsessing over weight and shape
  • Using the bathroom frequently after meals
  • Hiding food
  • Using laxatives
  • Struggling with depression and anxiety

Physical Problems Develop as Bulimia Progresses

Binging and purging regularly can create significant consequences to a person's health and well-being. People with bulimia can experience headaches, sore throat, stomach or digestive pain, and constipation. Often these problems are due to dehydration. This dehydration can lead to dangerous imbalances in the electrolytes that maintain the heart's rhythm. 

In addition, dental problems can develop after a long habit of vomiting, causing the loss of dental enamel that protects teeth. As a result, teeth may have to be extracted. Frequent vomiting can also put a great deal of pressure on the esophagus, and in rare cases lead to a ruptured esophagus.

Call To Set Up An Appointment

Dr. Orosan-Weine is a mood and eating disorders therapist in Ann Arbor. She is a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents. Call (734) 769-8050 or email pamelaorosanweine@gmail.com for more information, or to schedule a consultation.