By: Amine Berriche

Definition of Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder in which people eat their food and when they are done they vomit purposely, fast, excessively exercise, use laxatives, and/or use medications to get rid of the excess calories from the body. (Source: Google)

Bulimia can cause people to feel depressed, have low self-esteem, and/or feel moody. (Source: https://memyselfandallofyou.wordpress.com/the-effects-on-our-body-emotions-and-social-life/)

Effects of Bulimia on the Body

Bulimia can cause bloody vomit, tooth decay, facial swelling, scarred hands, dry skin, irregular heartbeat, make you feel faint, red eyes, and so much more.

(Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/bulimia/effects-on-body)

Being Diagnosed

To be diagnosed with bulimia you must meet these 5 criteria. And I quote, “

· You repeatedly binge, eating an abnormally large amount of food, and feel that you can't control your eating.

· You get rid of the extra calories from bingeing by vomiting, excessive exercise, fasting, or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas or other medications.

· You binge and purge at least twice a week for at least three months.

· Your body shape and weight influence your feelings of self-worth too much.

· You don't have anorexia, an eating disorder with extremely restrictive eating behaviors.”

(Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bulimia/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20033050)

Getting Treatment and Getting Help

The ways you can be treated are: psychotherapy, medication, nutrition education and achieving a healthy weight, and hospitalization.

(Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bulimia/basics/treatment/con-20033050)

If someone has bulimia they can talk to a healthcare professional to get help.

(Source: https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/bulimia-nervosa.html)

Facts on Bulimia

About two percent of all adolescents and young women are bulimic.

5 to 15 percent of all adult women have some symptoms of the disorder. 84 percent of all bulimics have some college education.

64 percent of all bulimics have a near-normal body weight.

70 percent of all bulimics also suffer from moderate to severe depression.

Statistics on bulimia tell us that people with bulimia binge, on average, 11 times per week.

Males on a wrestling team are 7 to 10 times more likely to develop bulimia than those who do not participate on a wrestling team.

Homosexual males are more likely to develop bulimia than heterosexual males.

People who frequently change diets are 18 times more likely to become anorexic or bulimic than their counterparts.

Children of mothers that diet are more likely to develop eating disorders like bulimia.

Half of all anorexics also develop bulimic tendencies.

(Source: http://www.mirror-mirror.org/bulimia/statistics-on-bulimia.htm#sthash.3TRtCOOk.dpuf)