Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder. People with bulimia secretly binge on eating large amounts of food. During these binges, they do not have a sense of control over their eating and then they try out unhealthy, life-threatening ways to get rid of their body fat such as, regularly self induced vomiting, fasting, excessive use of laxatives, compulsive exercising, Enema.
The factors leading to the development of eating disorders may include, genetics, biology, emotional health, societal expectations and other issues.
Physical symptoms in case of bulimia are, often gain or loss of weight, dizziness, dental problems, sore throat, heartburn, irregular periods, indigestion, sleep problems, dry skin, weakness and bloodshot eyes.
Behavioral symptoms include, loss of control over eating, skipping meals for purging, excessive exercising, depression or mood swings, often using mints or mouth freshener.
In case of bulimia the risk factors are, erosion of tooth enamel due to repeated exposure to stomach acid, dental cavities, gastroparesis, stomach ulcers, irregular heartbeat, lower sex drive, high risk of suicidal behavior, alcohol or drug misuse.