Eating Disorders : Bulimia Nervosa

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For decades, both men and women have struggled under the pressure of looking a certain way, what is considered "attractive". The pressure of society 's view of perfection is all around us, whenever we watch a movie or pick up a magazine. This idea of perfection has driven thousands of adolescents to turn to eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa. During the time I was bulimic, I remember watching movies and fashion shows, then looking at myself in the mirror and thinking “I’m never going to be skinny enough”. I now realize how wrong I was for punishing myself like that and how much damage I was doing to my body. That’s why I think it’s important for everyone to read about bulimia, because this disorder may go unobserved for years and…show more content…
Electrolyte imbalances occur as a result of dehydration and excessive loss of potassium and sodium levels from the body as a following purging or excessive use of laxatives.
Another major concern is damage to the digestive system as a result of the gastric acid reflux. Health consequences include inflammation and risk of rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting, tooth decay and staining from stomach acids released during vomiting episodes and irregular bowel movements and constipation as a result of laxative abuse (Lawson).
There is no single cause for bulimia nervosa. However, there are many risk factors that contribute to this problem, including low self-esteem and concerns about weight. Other risk factors include genetic factors like being a female (80% of bulimia patients are female), age (often begins in the mid-teens or early adulthood), psychological and emotional issues (decreased self-esteem, impulsive behavior, depression, negative body image), social pressure during teen years and performance pressure in sports (particularly common among athletes such as gymnastics, ballet dancers and runners) (Edelstein, Haskew, Kramer, 2009). Parents need to identify possible factors that place the adolescent at risk for bulimia nervosa and be aware of any changes that may indicate the presence of an eating disorder.
Warning Signs and Symptoms
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, signs and symptoms of
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