Nutritionists and Bulimia

Bulimia nervosa, or more simply bulimia, is an eating disorder that is characterized by the individual engaging in binge eating followed by activities to rid the food and calories from the body. These compensatory behaviors include vomiting, over exercising, fasting, and the use of laxatives, enemas and diuretics. A person with bulimia is called a bulimic.

Bulimia is a psychiatric disorder. The bulimic engages in rapid and copious eating, which may stop when the stomach hurts or another person interrupts the individual. Compensatory means are then used to expel the food and calories from the body. A person with bulimia may repeat this cycle several times a week. In more serious cases, this cycle may be performed several times a day.

Nutritionists can specialize in treating patients with eating disorders such as bulimia. They can review the patient�s dietary medical and psychosocial history to devise a dietary plan to help the patient overcome the disorder, instilling healthy eating habits for the patient. They can also counsel bulimics.

Bulimia is a serious disorder. It can cause numerous health problems for the bulimic. The lack of nutrition and expulsion of food can cause infertility, peptic ulcers, inflammation of the esophagus, and enlarged glands under the jaw line. It can even lead to cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, and death.

Bulimics also suffer significant dental damage. This is due to the acid passed through the mouth from frequent vomiting. The acid causes a loss of tooth enamel, primarily on the posterior dental surface, damaging the teeth. Bulimics often suffer severe dental caries.

Nutritionists can play a big role in changing the lives of bulimics. They can design a proper nutrition plan for bulimics and impart their knowledge to help the affected individual eat healthy. Nutritionists work in conjunction with physicians and other health care providers to better the lives of those with bulimia.