How To Throw Up On Purpose, And Why You Shouldn’t
Have you ever eaten to the point that you knew if you could just throw up, it would all be okay? You tell yourself you will never eat that much food again, but you just want to get rid of that feeling of being overly full. For most people, this feeling occurs during the holidays or special occasions. For some they feel overly full all the time, even when they have barely eaten. For others, they regularly binge-eat foods they like, but know they should not eat and then feel the compulsion to make themselves throw up.
The Disorder of Eating: A Mind Set
Studies show that as a country, the United States has the largest percentage of obese citizens. There is no denying that, and the problem will continue to worsen before it gets better. Eating disorders are almost epidemic in this country. Those who are obese, are so due to overeating. Those who are underweight, are so primarily due to under eating, also known as anorexia nervosa. There are also those who maintain their weight through purging, this disorder is called bulimia nervosa. All three of these are classified as eating disorders, but the latter two do not get the attention they need due to problems with diagnosing.
It is easy to see when a person is overweight. Obesity is a known to be unhealthy and even deadly. However, most think of thinness as simply a choice. Fashion magazines support the rail thin beauties that have dangerously low fat, but also do not have a significant amount of muscle mass.
With anorexics, people notice when they are not eating, and most are literally bone thin. However, bulimics can sit at the dinner table, eat along with everyone else, then secretly go to the bathroom and purge the food from their systems. This is a common habit with bulimics, they feel guilt and fear over what they have consumed. Guilt because of eating. Fear of weight gain.
The Dangers of Purging
Purging oneself of food is, to put it plainly, a disgusting process in which one has to actively engage the gag reflex sufficiently to induce vomiting. When this happens, there is an increase of acid that causes induced reflux. Habitual vomiting can cause damage to the stomach lining, the throat, and the teeth. The stomach and digestive problems lead to chronic halitosis, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, and could lead to stomach cancer.
Bulimia is probably the most dangerous of the eating disorders, because it is so difficult to detect. It is not only considered an eating disorder, but it is important to understand that eating disorders are classified under the compulsive disorders in the DSM-V-TR. Compulsive disorders, to include eating disorders, can often be successfully treated with medication, and with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa are often associated with teens, but there is a growing number of adult women being diagnosed with these disorders due to poor body image, and ineffective dieting.
If you think that you or someone you love is suffering from any eating disorder, get help. All eating disorders can lead to serious health concerns, and even death. It is always advised to seek the medical attention and advise of a physician for potential medical and mental health disorders. For more information, advice, and resources on eating disorders, visit BetterHelp and be connected with a licensed therapist who is ready to help.