Introduction to Bulimia
The generation of today is clearly more focused on a lot of things – new technology, starting a business, fresh creations, and much more. The Millennials, as they are often called, are more involved with making a mark in this world we live in. Now that is a good thing. However, along with these positive traits and serious obligations that they carry is the notion that they must conform to what society sees as right and appropriate, including their self-image. This is one of the most popular reasons why there is roughly 3% of the population suffering from an eating disorder (and a mental illness) called bulimia nervosa, where people are described as having uncontrollable urges of eating too much, then immediately trying to get rid of what they have consumed by vomiting or taking too many laxatives or diuretics.
Despite the self-confidence and carefree attitude that teens and young adults of today are trying to portray, a large portion of them is struggling with this devastating eating disorder that in truth has potentially dangerous and life-threatening effects on their lives. This article discusses some of the serious problems that bulimia can cause to the different systems of our body.
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Bulimia Nervosa is a snake. This eating disorder creeps up on you and you’ll never realize how sick you really are until the symptoms are majorly affecting your life. It doesn’t pick its victims – this disorder hits kids, teens, adults, rich, poor, famous or the regular janes and joes. While some were lucky enough to overcome and mentally heal from this dangerous condition, there were some who perished due to this disorder.
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How To Spot A Bulimic Person
“If only I’ve seen the signs earlier, my daughter would still be alive. I was so blind.”
This was the statement of a mother who lost her teenage daughter to bulimia. According to Eating Disorder Hope, 4% of women in the United States will experience bulimic tendencies in their lifetime. About 3.9% of men and women with bulimia will die because of the disorder. Finally, it was revealed that only 6% of bulimics will succumb to support and treatment. This eating disorder is truly a silent killer and people are unaware of how to “see” the symptoms.
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What is Bulimia?
Bulimia Nervosa, commonly known as Bulimia, is an eating disorder and a mental illness that can destroy a person. It can kill that person in the process if there is no intervention and treatment. The person will binge eat or eat a lot of food in one sitting and then, will vomit it right after, purge and/or exercise excessively. Some even use strong laxatives to “release” the food eaten. Bulimia is a disorder which must not be taken lightly and therapy is one of the ways to address the mental issue.
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“I can’t really explain how I felt the first time I made myself throw up. I remember all of the details about it though. I threw up into a trash bag while I was alone in my room, right after I had finished eating a bag of popcorn. It felt wrong, difficult, but strangely satisfying. I had gotten to a point where I really didn’t care anymore. I just wanted to be thin, because to me, being thin meant that I would finally be happy.”
These are the words of a self-confessed bulimic who was practically living a superficially contented life just because she was thin. She would throw up profusely sometimes and would lie down in bed for hours because of exhaustion. In school, though, it wouldn’t take long for her to puke in the ladies’ room after eating her lunch, and then walking down the hallway like nothing happened.
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