Bullimia and Other Disorders?

Question by Summer love: bullimia and other disorders?
I’m doing a health project about how the media influences kids espically teenage girls into thinking that their bodys are too big and that they should strive to obtain “modle perfection” espically shows like “American Next Top Model” and other fashon shows that critize the shape of a woman even if they keep plus sized modles there.
so for my project i need information about bullimia and other “popular” eating disorders, stories, first hand accounts, how and why it happened, and anything elsee thank you

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Answer by Mike J
I can’t help you with bulimia and the other “skinny” diseases, but there was a good episode of “bullshit” with Penn and Teller (Shoetime?) that you might find interesting. It was all about people striving to be skinny. They had “fat Olympics” where they used the BMI to find a bunch of obese people, and had them compete against a “normal weight”. The fat guys won. (hail to the fat guys) Other facts were interesting too.

Answer by Wendy C
Bulimia nervosa, also called bulimia, is a psychological eating disorder that is characterized by episodes of binge eating (consuming a large quantity of food in one sitting) followed by inappropriate methods of weight control, such as vomiting, fasting, enemas, excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, or compulsive exercising.

Bulimia tends to develop late in childhood or in early adulthood. It affects females more often than males. People with bulimia often perform the behaviors in secret, feeling disgusted and ashamed when they binge, yet relieved once they purge. People with bulimia usually weigh within the normal range for their age and height. However, they may fear gaining weight, have desire to lose weight, and may feel intensely dissatisfied with their bodies.

What Causes Bulimia Nervosa?
The exact cause of bulimia is not known, but research suggests that a combination of certain personality traits, emotions and thinking patterns, as well as biological and environmental factors might be responsible. Researchers also believe that bulimia may begin with a dissatisfaction of the person’s body and extreme concern with body size and shape. Usually individuals suffering from bulimia have low self-esteem and fear becoming overweight. The fact that bulimia tends to run in families also suggests that a susceptibility to the disorder might be inherited.

Click this link for more in depth info about bulimia: http://women.webmd.com/guide/mental-health-bulimia-nervosa

There are many eating disorders. Click this link to see all kinds of eating disorders. http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=eating%20disorders&sourceType=undefined

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: Anorexia, bulimia affects woman of ALL AGES. Not just teens, etc. I have been overweight all my life and have juggled losing weight, gaining it back, a constant yo-yo ride. Last year (and I was 40 at the time) I decided this is it, I am going to make it. Well I did make it, but it affected my health. I lost 75 pounds in 2 1/2 months. I exercised 7 days a week for 2 or three hours at a time. I ate hardly nothing, then I would be so hungry that I would binge eat, and then after that this huge fear came over me, I would say to myself oh my god, I am going to gain back because I just pigged out, so then I started throwing it back up. Disgusting I know. I got so good at it, I could just make myself throw up by thinking about it, I would not even have to stick my finger down my throat at all. My electroyltes were affected, potassium way down, etc. I felt like crap all the time because I was keeping no food in my system. I can’t explain why I did it. But luckily, I really started thinking hard and knew this was wrong. I think because I did it for about 3 months only that it was easier for me to break that cycle, if I had continued no telling where I would be today, probably dead, because I have heart problems also and had my mitral valve replaced in 2003. I decided I did not want to die. For me it was terrifying that I would gain back an ounce. I did get help and now I don’t do that anymore. I can’t explain why I did it except for the fact that I did not want to gain weight back. I don’t know, it just gets in your head and you can’t get it out. I would constantly count calories, exercise, then I would just starve myself, and then I would just eat everything in site because I was so hungry and then I would throw it up. Again, it just gets in your head and it is hard to stop. Because I lost the weight so fast which was not good either, I gained it all back, plus some. But now I have lost weight sensibly by eating healthy foods and continue to do so. Sometimes it still gets in my head and I think well I could lose more and faster if I would just throw it up, etc., but I have not done that in a year and I won’t go back to that stage. Also media images do not help people with these problems either. Everyone expects this skinny person. People laugh at you when you are overweight and so on and so forth. Stuff like this also gets in your head.

Good luck on your project. Hope this information helps.

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