Bulimia Nervosa Essay

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By: Shelby Murray
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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.

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Complications of Bulimia Nervosa
 Dental problems due to excessive vomiting.
 Damaged skin and hair from lack of nutrients.
 Chemical imbalances; purging will lead to

malnutrition and dehydration.
 Heart problems- long term effects of bulimia often result in an increased risk of heart problems. http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/article s/bulimia-nervosa.html#Complicationsofbulimia Complications Con’t.
 Electrolyte imbalances that can lead

to cardiac arrhythmia.
 Tearing or rupturing of the esophagus.
 Hypokalemia
 Inflammation of the pancreas and peptic ulcers. http://voices.yahoo.com/eating-disorder s-bulimia-affects-body-2208789.html

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http://search.yahoo.com/searchbuli mia%20symptoms Statistics
 The incidence of bulimia in 10-39 year old

women tripled between 1988 and 1993 (Hoek & van Hoeken, 2003).
 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
(Collins, 1991)
 81% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being fat
(Mellin et al., 1991)
 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets. (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992). http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-factseating-disoders Statistics Cont.
 Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to

binge as girls who don’t diet (Neumark-Sztainer,
 The average American woman is 5’ 4” tall and weighs 165 pounds. The average Miss America winner is 5’ 7” and weighs 121 pounds (Martin,
 Of American, elementary school girls who read magazines, 69% say that the pictures influence their concept of the ideal body shape. 47% say the pictures make them want to lose weight (Martin,
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-facts-eatin g-disoders Diet Strategies
 Plan meals and snacks; record plans

in a food diary prior to eating.
 Plan meals and snacks that require eating at the table and using utensils; refrain from eating “finger foods”.
 Refrain from “dieting” or skipping meals. Sizer, Whitney (2012, pg. 369)

Nutrition Principles
 Eat a well-balanced diet and regularly

timed meals consisting of a variety of foods.  Include raw vegetables, salad, or raw fruit at meals to prolong eating times.
 Choose whole-grain, high-fiber breads, pasta, rice, and cereals to increase bulk.
 Consume adequate fluid, particularly water. Sizer, Whitney (2012, pg. 369)

Diet Strategies for Combating
Bulimia Nervosa
 Choose meals that provide protein and fat for