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…
Dr. J. Judge
November 25, 2013
This paper discusses the lifestyle of someone who has bulimia nervosa, or in other terms bulimic. This lifestyle that people choose can be very harmful and don’t know how to stop before horrendously injuring themselves and who it could affect in their life. Furthermore, the paper really shows how troublesome these people can be; it describes how to search for the symptoms in people you are surrounded…
How Body Image Affects Weight Management
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How Body Image Affects Weight Management
Have you ever wondered how body image affects weight management? Do you ever wonder how the teens and celebrities handle it? Body image affects teenagers and celebrities all over the country in everyday life. From the high school years to the college years, teenagers/adults go through the hardship of wondering if they have the “Perfect…
Anorexia Nervosa versus Bulimia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa versus Bulimia Nervosa
“It is estimated that 8 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder” (Statistic Brain, 2012). The two most common disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia and bulimia are both serious eating disorders, but both are often confused. While they are similar in some ways, they also have some distinct differences. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are both psychiatric disorders that are…
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…
Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder in which a person makes sure to maintain a low body weight by dieting, fasting, exercising and other stuff. Most people with anorexia are misunderstood, they see themselves different then how others see them. Bulimia nervosa is a type of eating disorder in which a person controls their body weight after eating massive amounts of food by self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diet pills and other means.
There is three main causes of anorexia; biological, psychological…
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.
everyone in this room skinny?” or “How can I be skinny like them?” These people aren't ordinary skinny people. They have a dangerous eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Although there are some things that all eating disorders have in common, bulimia and anorexia are also different in several ways.
Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder when people have fear of gaining weight. They severely limit the amount of food they eat and become dangerously thin. It is becoming…
Bulimia Nervosa 1
July 21, 2013
Bulimia Nervosa 2
Eating disorders are much more common then people think. Bulimia Nervosa,
more commonly known as bulimia or binge and purge disorder, is one of the many.
Although people assume it is…
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…
Bulimia nervosa, more commonly known simply as bulimia or binge and purge disorder, is an eating disorder that affects 1 in 4 college-aged women in America, or 1 in 10,000 Americans. The most common misconception concerning bulimia is that it is simply a physical or mental problem. Many people do not understand that bulimia is a disease that affects both the mind and the body, and in its course can destroy both aspects of the diseased individual.
Bulimia affects a variety of different…