Bulimarexia is an Eating Disorder where patients having characteristics of both bulimia and anorexia at the same time. Patients are characterized by having distorted body image, excessive weight loss, and use of forced vomiting to compensate for periods of binge eating. It is manifested by episodes of excessive food intake followed by periods of fasting and self-induced vomiting or diarrhea. As this disorder adds purging to restricting, it appears to be even more dangerous, as complications begin sooner and are more serious.
Signs of Purging
Using diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics – Abusing water pills, herbal appetite suppressants, prescription stimulants, ipecac syrup, and other drugs for weight loss.
Throwing up after eating – Frequently disappearing after meals or going to the bathroom. May run the water to disguise sounds of vomiting or reappear smelling like mouthwash or mints.
Compulsive exercising – Following a punishing exercise regimen aimed at burning calories. Exercising through injuries, illness, and bad weather. Working out extra hard after bingeing or eating something “bad.”
My survey has shown that Bulimarexia is on the rise and is one of the fastest growing Eating Disorders.