Why does anorexia/bulimia cause incontinence?
I am 17 and have been in recovery from my eating disorder for about 3 months now after suffering for several years.Well when I was ill I was incontinent, I still have a weak bladder but it is getting better.Why is this though?I have read it as a symptom of anorexia before i am sure but I have never understood itbtw I was never actually underweight I just restricted, fasted, used laxatives, diet pills, over exercised and self-induced vomiting.
Posted 3 years ago in Incontinence by TwinCrunch
Probably because your body isn't getting the necessary nutrients so your body becomes weaker and hence the unability to restrain natural discharges or evacuations of urine or feces.
Even if you where never underweight, you created enough of a calorie deficit for a long enough to period to induce some sort of organ impairment. Typically the body will first start to shut down body functions that are not required to sustain life, such as the digestive system, or hair and skin upkeep.The body wants to keep heart and brain function going for as long as possible, and when faced with either shutting down bladder or colon function or shutting down brain and heart function, it will chose to shut down the bladder.
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