Bulimia Health Risks

Bulimia is a serious condition and, if left untreated, can result in long-term physical damage. It can even be fatal. It is important to seek appropriate help from a specialized eating disorder provider.

Physical Complications Resulting from Bulimia

Physical complications may include:

  • Mouth and throat damage
  • Esophagus damage or rupture
  • Cardiac issues
  • Gum disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Death

Behavioral impacts resulting from bulimia may include:

  • Heightened anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Damage to personal relationships

Bulimia and Co-Occurring Disorders

In addition to the host of physical complications, individuals with bulimia also commonly have other mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Alcohol and substance abuse

Statistics

  • Bulimia affects 1.1% to 4.2% of females during their lifetime, the National Institute of Mental Health reports.
  • About 10% – 15% of those with bulimia are male, according to Mirror-Mirror.org.
  • Bulimia will be fatal for 4% of those who have it, according to “Mortality and Eating Disorders,” by Dr. Walter Kaye.
  • 30%-70% of those with bulimia also have an addictive disorder, Mirror-Mirror.org says.

Regain Your Life. Walden Can Help.

If you are concerned that you – or a loved one – may have an eating disorder, we are here to help. Please call 781-647-6727 to speak with a Walden eating disorders intake specialist, or complete the form on this page, to start the road to recovery.

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