The negative sides of purging

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by LukeH, Mar 11, 2011.

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  1. LukeH

    LukeH Member

    loads of people are struggling with it so I thought Id be a good idea to make a reminder of why is it a bad idea. Ill start.. makes you exhausted and red on the face
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    It rots all you teeth destroys your esophagus
  3. LukeH

    LukeH Member

    good point.
  4. Lexicon

    Lexicon Well-Known Member

    It gives you hormonal imbalances that make you everything from chronically depressed/suicidal to temperamental....
  5. feathers

    feathers Well-Known Member

    Throwing up just feels bad...
  6. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    you do it so often you know whats the 'best' food to purge.
  7. houseofcards

    houseofcards Well-Known Member

    your body can become dependent on laxatives if taken too much, and you'll never have a regular bowel movement for a long long long time.
  8. Jace

    Jace Active Member

    Teeth start to decay and due to loss of calcium in the teeth and erosion of the tooth enamel. Gums become susceptible to disease because of constant exposure to stomach acids. Obviously, the combination of stomach acids and disease will cause halitosis as well.
  9. LukeH

    LukeH Member

    I didnt know half the things u said especially the hormons imbalance freaked me out :O I never made purging a habit just every now and then but this is disturbing
  10. Lexicon

    Lexicon Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the hormonal imbalances are a nightmare, and tend to compound the illness itself.
  11. alison

    alison Well-Known Member

    besides what have been mentioned, these are the ones I can think of

    1. I don't know if you binge & purge, or purge normal meals.. but I binge and purge and I waste sooo much money on food that I just end up throwing up. So for me its way expensive.

    2. Strain muscles - I felt like I did a weird/bad ab workout after a really forceful purge the other day.. my therapist says I probably pulled a stomach muscle.

    3. Swollen glands / sore throat ALL the time

    4. Strains social situations - I have trouble eating with people, because I know it will be more difficult to purge afterwards. So when my bulimia gets bad, I avoid people at all costs

    5. I've heard horror stories of people clogging toilets/drains. That scares me, especially since I purge in the shower a lot.

    6. It's just gross
  12. MissMisery

    MissMisery Well-Known Member

    It becomes too normal if u do it too often
    Electrolyte imbalances: esp low potassium, can lead to heart failure not to mention how dreadful you feel.

    Sensitive teeth, lack of enamel > tooth decay, gum disease

    Emptying your stomach leads to another binge and then repeat

    Sore or bleeding throat

    Acid reflux
    Swollen cheeks
    Low self esteem
    Lots of cleaning up

  13. Ems112

    Ems112 Member

    Chipmunk cheeks
    Torn esophagus
    Cardiac arrest
    Ruptured stomach
    Ruptured bloodvessles
    Terrible at managing time
    Financial instability
    Anxiety (especially when you're in a situation where you can't get it out)

    Just to list a few. :-\
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