Bulimia/Eating Disorders/Need to know


QUESTION: If i make my self sick after eating what could be the consequences?

ANSWER: Hi Katie,

Please, please do not do this to yourself. Some of the consequences of purging (via vomiting) can be seen right away and others develop over time.

Immediately, you will likely notice:

   Tooth erosion - purging causes stomach acids to wear away at the teeth
   Tooth discoloration
   Swollen cheeks
   Puffy, bloodshot eyes
   Persistent bad breath
   Dry, brittle hair - due to malnutrition
   Dry, cold skin
   Sleepiness, weakness

Long term consequences of bulimic behaviors like purging can include:

   Difficulty concentrating
   Trouble with decision making
   Irregular heart beat - (heart arrhythmia) - which can lead to death
   Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD) - heartburn can be a symptom
   Electrolyte imbalance
   Enlarged Salivary Glands - due to purging
   Stomach ulcers
   Hormonal changes, menstrual cycle changes, infertility
   Permanent tooth loss
   Brittle bones

If you would like to know more or would like me to provide you with some reputable websites for self-treatment of an eating disorder, please let me know.

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QUESTION: What are some affective ways to stop thinking about making myself sick?

Hi Katie,

Here are some great websites that should help you change your negative thinking patterns:


Good luck and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.  

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Mary Pritchard, PhD


I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.


I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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