Identifying and Solving Bulimia

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“In Fiji, before television came about in 1995, the island had no reported cases of eating disorders. Within three years of obtaining American and British television programming, more than two-thirds of the Fijian girls developed eating disorders and three quarters of the girls felt fat” (Hall 1-2). Now, eating disorders are becoming more and more common as the years go by. Bulimia has been around for thirty years and people are still not very familiar with the harm it can do physically and emotionally. Bulimia nervosa can destroy not only a person's life but others around them, and it can be stopped with support and counseling.
“Eating disorders in America are common. One or two out of 100 students will struggle with one” (“Eating
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If someone shows signs of depression or extreme mood swings they could also have bulimia. Bulimics can suffer from anxiety and substance abuse. Furthermore, the bulimic person is contradictory, illogical, and irrational when it comes to picking foods to eat. Bulimics feel powerless to stop eating. They only stop once they are too full to eat anymore.
Bulimics show severe behavioral signs. They eat uncontrollably and have strict dieting plans for themselves. They use the bathroom frequently after meals and do extreme exercises to  keep weight off even if the weather is bad or they are in pain. Bulimics have many methods to lose weight besides vomiting. They take laxatives, diuretics, enemas, diet pills, or insulin. Bulimics are obsessed with weighing, measuring, and looking at themselves in the mirror. Sometimes they refuse to eat until they come up with a negotiation to eat if they are allowed to purge and continue starving themselves. They hide food and argue over certain foods that they will or will not eat.
Bulimia happens for numerous reasons. It is normal for a person’s body to get bigger when it is growing. Most people take that in a bad way though, so they do anything they can to get rid of that newly added weight. “Some young people use it to postpone growing up; this may explain why college students are
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