"Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder on an overwhelming dread of becoming fat. The result of this unfounded fear is self-starvation and major weight loss. In addition, the undernourishment may cause hormonal disturbances, anemia, heart problems, brittle bones and many other problems, some of which are life-threatening ("Anorexia Nervosa," 1). Bulimia is an eating disorder that is psychological in origin and can have dire physical consequences. While anorexics starve themselves, bulimics binge on food and then purge by self-induced vomiting.
Signs of Bulimia include: Eating lots of high calorie/ high fat foods. Feeling bad about oneself after a binge. Feeling ashamed and depressed about one’s eating habits. Feelings that habits are out of control. (Eating disorders and weight control 26) According to Eating Disorders And Weight Control , Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa- also called the “binge-purge syndrome” Sufferers alternatively binge on large quantities of food and then purge the food by making themselves vomit or taking diuretics or laxatives or all of the above.Bulimia is a mental disorder that usually affects young women aged from late teens to early thirties.
One study found that constant articles such as “28 Flat Bely Tricks!” and “Sli... ... middle of paper ... ...rder.” This depression could eventually lead to more health problems in the body. What Bulimia Is Many teens carry out acts that fit the characteristic of someone that has Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia is an eating disorder common to many older teens, especially women, who want to lose weight for a skinnier image. Web MD categorizes bulimia as a common eating disorder in which the person does something called purging, or getting rid of their food by vomiting. (WebMD, ”Bulimia Nervosa Health Care”).
By this time, their eating behavior is deeply ingrained and more difficult to change. Danger Signs: eating uncontrollably purging by strict dieting, fasting, vigorous exercise, vomiting or abusing laxatives or diuretics using the bathroom frequently after meals preoccupation with body weight depression mood swings feeling out of control swollen glands in neck and face heartburn bloating irregular periods dental problems constipation indigestion sore throat vomiting blood weakness, exhuastion bloodshot eyes WHAT CAUSE EATING DISORDERS? Experts believe that more and more young people are developing eating disorders, but they are not certain why. Biological, psychological and social factors all play a part. Some scientists believe that genetics are partly to blame since eating disorders tend to run in families.
Fear of gaining weight or becoming overweight is ordinarily seen in those with anorexia and bulimia. A person with bulimia nervosa typically eats a substantial amount of food in a particularly short amount of time and then disposes of it. Standard ways for bulimics to eliminate food are vomiting and ingesting laxative pills. Binge eating is extremely similar to bulimia, except with binge eating, the food is not eradicated. Customarily, binge eaters have episodes where they stuff themselves full of food to the point of being uncomfortably full, as they cannot seem to control their intake of food.
They believe that eating disorders could possibly come from a mix of family history, social factors, and personality traits. Anorexia Nervosa People who have anorexia nervosa have a potent fear of gaining weight; due to this fear, victims of this disorder limit their food intake. These limitations can cause you to become very, very thin and eventually become very sick. Anorexia affects the body and mind. You start off dieting and then things quickly spin out of control.
It is also the most fatal of all mental illnesses. The symptoms found with Anorexia Nervosa may include distorted thoughts of their body (thinking they are more overweight than they are), they have a drive for thinness, they fear weight gain, excessive weight control (Such as restricting food, over exercising, vomiting and misuse of laxatives) and loss of periods in young women and delayed starts for adolescent girls. Bulimia Nervosa involves cycles of binge eating followed by behaviours to prevent weight gain. Some symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa include fasting and frequent changes in weight. Bulimic people fast for long periods of time, then so overcome by hunger they over indulge and feel as though they have lost control over themselves.
One reason for this is the constant behavior of binge eating then purging causes damage to the nerve signals that are sent from the stomach to the brain when the stomach reaches satiation. If bulimia is long term these effects can be irreversible and one may never have the feeling of satiation. Another negative impact of bulimia on the stomach is peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers are open sores in the stomach which are caused by the stomach acids eating away at the lining of the stomach as well as the esophagus. Someone who suffers from these peptic ulcers will experience vomiting of blood, abdominal, and even chest pains.
Many young women suffer from eating disorders. Criticized and shamed by the many for their body, weight, and looks, insecurities are abundant in these women. Especially female celebrities, whom are constantly held to unreachable standards by the public. These insecurities can lead to a plethora of psychological problems or disorders, including eating disorders. An eating disorder is defined as “an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating” by the National Institution of Mental Health.
This could bring about a severe bout of depression. Once the person hits the stage of depression professional help is needs because the feeling of being overweight and depression could put the individual over the edge. Individual experiencing Bulimia go on what is called eating binges. Eating binges are when people eat longer amounts of food in less then two hours. (Internet3) Then after they binge they feel guilt or shame so they need to undo their behavior.