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8 Digestive Issues to Expect While Recovering from an Eating Disorder

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Disclaimer: This website contains general information relating to various medical conditions. Such information is provided for informational purposes only, and it not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor or health care professional. Readers should not use the information provided herein for diagnosing a problem or disease. Readers should always consult with a doctor or other healthcare professional for medical advice or information about diagnosis and treatment.

Over 9% of Americans will suffer from an eating disorder during their lifetime.

Suffering from an eating disorder is one of the worst mental illnesses because of the negative effects on your body and because of the number of deaths they cause each year.

If you have recently recovered, or are currently recovering from an eating disorder, you may face some digestive issues. That's normal.

However, it may be uncomfortable and even surprising. Here's what to expect:

1. Nausea

An eating disorder can affect digestion in many different ways, one being nausea. Since your body is not used to consuming food in a patterned way, or consuming food in the right serving sizes, it is easy to get nauseous.

2. Gastroparesis

Suffering from an eating disorder can cause your vital organs to act differently. One way this can occur is through the stomach. Your stomach may not break down the food when eaten through contracting, which delays the process of digestion.

This delay in digestion is gastroparesis, which can cause nausea, or the sensation of feeling really full a long time after a meal.

3. Barrett's Esophagus

This condition happens to those who purge with their eating disorder. The constant vomiting and the acid from it cause holes in the esophagus.

This condition is important to monitor, as it is also a precursor to esophageal cancer.

4. Colitis

Having colitis means that you have an inflamed colon, but that is not the end of the medical condition for your colon. Colitis can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a loss of blood supply in the colon, and other conditions as well.

5. Liver Failure

Liver failure occurs when the liver is too weak to work properly. If you are recovering from an eating disorder, this can be common since your body goes into shock when it does not have enough nutrition.

A recovery coach can often help you find the right foods and diet to work through liver issues.

6. Constipation

Because digestion can be slow in those with bulimia or anorexia, the body absorbs more water in the process. With the absorption of more water and little nutrients, the stools are much harder.

This can make it difficult to go to the bathroom.

During recovery, going through life coaching and getting your eating habits back on track can help this go away in the long term.

Digestive Issues to Expect During Recovery From an Eating Disorder

When recovering from an eating disorder, it can be difficult to overcome the challenges and struggles. However, knowing that one of the struggles you will go through is digestive problems will make it easier because you know what to expect.

Whether you are the one suffering from the eating disorder and are working with a wellness coach, or you are helping someone else with an eating disorder, knowing about these digestive symptoms can help you work through them.

Most importantly, know that you can heal.

Contact me today for a free call about wellness coaching!

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