Eating Disorders : Bulimia Nervosa

1382 Words Mar 12th, 2015 6 Pages
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 sometimes, it can be too late. Bulimia can be very consuming and at times mortal, this disorder affects the victim’s life physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Bulimia nervosa is a life threatening eating disorder characterized by two criteria: (1) an irresistible urge to overeat, followed by self-induced vomiting (or purging) and (2) a morbid fear of becoming fat (Russell, 1989). Bulimia brings many health disturbances that place the person’s life at risk. The bulimic person is at risk for electrolyte imbalances related to fluid loss while vomiting. These imbalances pose the cardiovascular system at risk for cardiac dysrhythmias, irregular pulse rate, heart failure and even death (Gale…
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