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
Behavioral impacts resulting from bulimia may include:
- Heightened anxiety
- 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
- 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.