Eating Disorders: Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia nervosa affects approximately one percent to three percent of young women in the United States, with the onset of the disease starting in the adolescent’s youth. It is a powerful, life altering disease with an unknown cause, severe side effects, and may cause further complications. People struggling with this disease are usually aware they have a problem, but treating the illness can be difficult. Bulimia is a reoccurring mental ailment very common in today’s society due to the immense pressure and expectations deriving from the media and social networking sites. Acceptance is pivotal amongst young women throughout the United States. The desire to be thin, up to date with constant changes in fashion, and intelligent has overcome the mindset of most adolescents, especially teenage women. As a result, many young girls feel the need to do whatever it takes to stay within a certain weight range. Bulimia nervosa stems from these pressured feelings. As bulimia develops, “one may not eat at the beginning of the day. But later they may binge to comfort themselves, especially at the end of a stressful day” (Bulimia Nervosa: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes). The act of bulimia is often done in private because the person may feel guilt or shamefulness. The immediate purging after a binge eating causes the brain to feel an overwhelming amount of endorphins that produce happiness within the individual. After endorphins are released into the brain, the cycle of bulimia can be recognized as something that provides pleasure. The feeling of guilt after binging is suddenly released when the food is regurgitated and exits the body, thus producing a happier sensation. Once initiated, bulimia is a highly addictive cycle that has many underlying side effects other than anorexia and rapid weight loss. Bulimia nervosa can lead to long term health issues if not addressed immediately and appropriately. If an individual with bulimia has hidden their disease from others for months or years, the amount of physical health problems increase as well as the amount of emotional or mental health issues. Physical health problems that arise from bulimia nervosa are tooth decay, gingivitis, osteoporosis, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. These problems range from mild to severe, but can be dangerous if not properly taken care of. Bulimia can also cause someone to not act like her or himself. She or he may be moody or sad, or may not want to go out with friends. Emotional health issues can result in feelings of intense shame or guilt which causes depression. Depression is common among bulimics mainly due to the constant drive to be successful or need to fit in with today’s society. Depressing thoughts or feelings can trigger one to binge eat and then feel the immediate guilt after consuming the food. Forcing the food to leave one’s body, either done by vomiting or use of laxatives, will momentarily provide the individual with happiness until the cycle repeats itself. Once this cycle is continued repeatedly, it is impossible to resort back to a normal, healthy diet plan without the assistance of professional treatment. The pattern of bulimia is both dangerous and serious. If the problem is not addressed, “unhealthy eating behaviors can continue for many years before a person seeks treatment,” (Archives of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, 4). Treatment for bulimia consists of psychological counseling and often antidepressants, to treat the patient’s
coronary heart disease would drop by 25%. Other health risks associated with obesity include hypertension, many kinds of cancer, impaired immune function, gallbladder and kidney diseases, and bone and joint disorders. These risks from obesity increase with its severity, and they are much more likely to occur in people who are more than twice their desirable body weight.
The effects of obesity on health were further clarified by the Nurses’ Health Study, in which Harvard researchers have followed…
Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which the person is preoccupied with their
weight in an extremely unhealthy manner. Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical
problems for both males and females, which can have life-threatening consequences.
It is estimated that approximately half a million teenagers struggle with eating disorders and/or
disordered eating. Furthermore, in the United States alone, 20 million women and 10 million men
suffer from a clinically…
By: Shelby Murray
Nutrition FCS 203 96
Why I chose Bulimia Nervosa?
I chose bulimia nervosa because I
suffered from bulimia for six years so
I know personally how it can affect
someone’s health and well being.
Defining Bulimia Nervosa:
Bulimia is an illness in
which a person binges on
food or has regular
episodes of overeating and
feels a loss of control. The
person then uses different
methods such as vomiting
or abusing laxatives to
prevent weight gain.
Many young women have developed abnormal eating related behavior. The growing preoccupation with slimness has caused girls and young women to feel overweight or fat, even if they are a normal weight. One big factor is the media for the fact that it gives a set image to the world of what a beautiful person looks like. The major issue with this is that in our day and age, our generation is an electronic one. Everything around…
Eating Disorder Organization, “In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million male are fighting a life and death battle with eating disorders including anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder.” Apparently, eating disorders have become serious public health problems with many dangers, even causing mortality. By being conscious of eating disorders, we can understand more how to prevent them and help patients to treat each type of disorders, because…
November 18, 2014
Deciphering the World of Eating Disorders
In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million med suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not other specified (EDNOS) (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). When someone first sees that number, they often would think that it seems like far too high of a statistic. The fact of the…
This paper will focus on the subject of bulimia nervosa. Discussed on the issue will be the following key topics: historical context, cause of the illness, treatment, prevention, cross-cultural issues, and a biblical worldview. Eating disorders have been known throughout the history of time; however, bulimia nervosa is a fairly newly founded disorder in which did not get named until the late 1970’s. There is a growing need for research…
mental health field are listed as anorexia nervosa bulimia nervosa and rumination disorder (About.com health topics A-z)
In addition, all can lead to a very disruptive life and in some cases even fatalities. Anorexia is a mental eating disorder in which a person might starve himself or herself in order to maintain a certain weight in order to feel attractive or because mentally they feel and believe that, they are overweight. Anorexia nervosa can increase the risk for serious health problems such…
a. anorexia nervosa
b. bulimia nervosa
c. binge eating disorder
Read the information regarding Anorexia Nervosa
2. Define anorexia nervosa.
Limited intake or self starvation
3. Who is at risk for development of anorexia nervosa? (Include information about gender, race, socioeconomic background, etc)
No barrier but common in Caucasians in upper/middle class, 13 - 20, lots of gymnasts, atheletes, models
4. What are five effects that anorexia nervosa may have on the body…
Report On a mental illness
Bulimia nervosa causes, SYMPTOMS and common co-morbidities
Bulimia Nervosa is a very serious eating disorder that can potentially cause death it is characterized by bingeing and purging. Bulimia affects both men and women, but is more common in women and tends to develop in teenagers and young adult.
The symptoms include:
Eating binges which consists large consumptions of calorie high foods, in this stage a person feels the loss the personal control and…