Another potentially dangerous side effect of bulimia is caused by the constant acid reflux which is often caused by bulimia. The condition is known as “Barrett’s Esophagus.” Barrett’s esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus, which carries food from the throat to the stomach, is damaged by stomach acid and changed to a lining similar to that of the stomach. In rare cases, Barrett’s Esophagus can lead to cancer.
If you are suffering from reflux, you should consult your physician and let him/her know about your bulimia and your concern about Barrett’s Esophagus. If it is determined that you have Barrett’s Esophagus, you can get yearly screens to make sure that the cells in are not becoming cancerous.