Schiavo Case Brings Awareness to Dangers of Bulimia

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

The Terri Schiavo case has not only brought debate about the right-to-die, it has also brought awareness to eating disorders and the dangers of bulimia.

Terri's husband Michael says doctors tell him Terri's bout with bulimia caused an electrolyte imbalance. This led to heart failure and subsequently brain damage.

Eating disorder experts say it is a misconception that someone can not die from bulimia. It is also a misconception that once someone starts binging and vomiting, they'll be able to easily stop.

This is why experts say it is vital to prevent eating disorders and get treatment started as soon as possible for people who need it.

If you have a problem, talk to a professional that deals with eating disorders so you can get help. If you suspect a friend has a problem, talk to him or her about it and help get your friend treatment.

For a local resource, visit: www.edenclub.org.


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