Concept Of Bulimia

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The Concept of Bulimia “It was ten years ago when I became bulimic. I always looked fat no matter what the scale said or what other people thought. After college I turned to food for comfort and to feel in control of my life. Sometimes I would eat a lot of food, which caused me to purge and become bulimic (WomensHealth).” Bulimia Nervosa is defined as two or more episodes of binge eating (rapid eating of large amount of food, up to 5,000 calories) every week for at least three months. The binges are sometimes followed by vomiting or purging and may alternate with compulsive exercise and fasting. The concept of Bulimia is widely known, but what many people do not know about are the symptoms and causes, the effect mentally, and the effects physically, that are gained when becoming Bulimic. Just like anorexia, bulimia has no known cause. Because bulimia is so complex, researchers continue to search through its dynamics. Bulimia begins with a dissatisfaction of one’s body. The individual may be of normal or under weight, but when looking in the mirror may feel heavier than what he or she really is, and may see a distorted image. The distorted body image usually leads to extreme exercising and dieting. As the body continues to be seen as overweight, the dieting may lead to bulimic practices. The disorder (bulimia) is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, occurring three times in the last three months which include: eating in a period of time an amount of food which is larger than what most people would eat in the same amount of time. Another symptom is the loss of control over eating, for example the feeling that one cannot control how or what one is eating. “The problem is that things can get really serious when something you think is totally under your control, turns into an obsession (WomensHealth).” Laxatives and diuretics are used as medication

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