Bulimia may cause numerous serious and even life-threatening complications. Possible complications include:
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- Dehydration, which can lead to major medical problems, such as kidney failure
- Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat and heart failure
- Severe tooth decay and gum disease
- Absence of a period in females
- Digestive problems, and possibly a dependence on laxatives to have bowel movements
- Anxiety and depression
- Drug and alcohol abuse
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