Bulemia Essay

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Bulimia nervosa is characterized by episodes of binge-eating, and feelings of guilt, humiliation, and self-deprecation, followed by extreme fasting and/or purging. Purging typically takes the form of vomiting, inappropriate use of laxatives, enemas, diuretics or other medication; excessive physical exercise, or fasting. About Bulimia Bulimia, also called bulimia nervosa, is a psychological eating disorder where a person typically feel a lack of control during eating binges. The food is usually eaten secretly and gobbled down rapidly with little chewing. A binge is usually ended by abdominal discomfort. When the binge is over, the person with bulimia nervosa feels guilty and purges to rid his or her body of the excess calories. Excessive shape and weight concerns are characteristics of bulimia nervosa. Binge eating is not a response to intense hunger. It is usually a response to depression, stress, or self esteem issues. During the binge episode, the individual experiences a loss of control. However, the sense of a loss of control is also followed by a short-lived calmness. The calmness is often followed by guilt and self-loathing. The cycle of overeating and purging usually becomes an obsession and is repeated often. Not all bulimics engage in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas during each episode. Some may fast for days following a binge episode. Others may resort to excessive exercise as a method to regain their control and rid their body of the possible weight gained during the binge. Excessive exercise is that which interferes with normal daily activities or when it occurs at inappropriate times or in inappropriate settings, or when it continues despite illness or injury. People with bulimia nervosa can look perfectly normal but many bulimic patients appear thin and emaciated, but some may even be

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