Purging Type: The person uses different methods to lose wight, such as vomiting, drugs and intense exercise to lose weight. Restricting Type: People with this type of anorexia don't use vomiting or drugs, they simply eat very small amounts of food.
Psychological and behavioural problems Depression and social withdrawal. The individual can become irritable and easily upset and have difficulty interacting with others. Sleep can become disrupted and lead to fatigue during the day. Attention and concentration can decrease. Most individuals with anorexia become obsessed with food. Additionally, they may develope other obsessions, addictions or compulsions.
Physical problems Constipation and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms. Absence of menstrual periods. Menstrual periods typically return with weight gain and successful treatment. Osteoporosis is a significant complication of anorexia. Frequent vomiting can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Purging type: Bulimics use self-induce vomiting (usually by triggering the gag refleks) to rapidly remove food from the body before it can be digested, or use laxatives and diuretics. Non-purging type: Bulimics exercise or fast after eatting to offset the caloric intake.
Health problems Weight gain Swelling of the hands and feet Weakness and dizziness Dental problems Kidney failure Irregular heartbeat and in severe cases heart attack A greater risk for suicidal behavior The most dangerous side effect of bulimia is dehydration
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