Bulimia

Shreya K.

Introduction

Bulimia nervosa, known as bulimia, is a serious eating disorder. A male or female with bulimia will often binge eat, purge, and over-exercise. It is important to see a doctor if you believe that you have bulimia, because this disorder can cause stress, damage the mouth, along with other side effects. If you or someone else you know has bulimia, tell someone right away.

Facts

1. Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where someone binge eats, but then purges and over-exercises.

2. Different things can cause bulimia. Some include stress, eating in front of the TV, bullying, and peer pressure.

3. Symptoms of bulimia are over-exercising, binge-eating, purging, loss of periods, drastic weight loss, and uncontrollable eating.

4. If someone is found to have bulimia nervosa, medical and psychological treatments are necessary. They will receive antidepressants, and other drugs to restore physical and nutritional patterns.

5. Contrary to popular belief, both males and females can get this disorder. While more prone to be found in athletes and dancers, anyone can have bulimia. Bulimia is found in students from the age of 13-17.

6. Someone who has bulimia may not even lose weight. In fact, many people with bulimia are found to be average or overweight.

7. Bulimia can do a lot of damage to the body. It can cause tooth decay, swollen salivary glands, (causing “chipmunk cheeks”) fainting, and sometimes even death.

8. Bulimia can be cured. In fact 50% of people with bulimia are cured. Psychological help will make someone hopefully feel better about their body shape and looks.

9. Anyone can have bulimia, but there are some factors. If someone has one of the following; a biological parent or sibling who has an eating disorder or is overweight, is concerned with weight, or struggles with depression, they are more likely to have bulimia.

10. If you or someone you care about has bulimia and has the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

-Their heart skips a beat/beats slower than usual

-Has severe pain or is vomiting blood

-Cannot pass urine

Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

1. See a psychologist, who can help to raise one’s self confidence and feelings about weight.

2. Eat only when you’re hungry; not when you crave food. This can help to keep you from gaining excess weight.

3. Don’t over exercise, especially when you are injured. This could put a strain on your body.

4. Don't eat food in front of a TV, as this could cause you to binge.

5. Get medical help if you believe you or a loved one needs it. Doctors will be able to find and heal problems in your body. Bulimia can cause serious problems, so if you are worried about any side effects or symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Shreya K.

Period C2

March 17, 2015


Works Cited:


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"EPublications." Bulimia Nervosa Fact Sheet. Womens Health, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.

"Eating Disorders." KidsHealth. Ed. Michelle New. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Oct. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.