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Eating disorders are devastating behavioral maladies brought on by a complex interplay of factors which may include emotional and personality disorders family pressure a possible genetic or biologic susceptibility and a culture in which there is an overabundance of food and an obsession with thinness Eating disorder also may be defined as self-abuse Two of these disorders anorexia and bulimia result from the fear or overeating and of gaining weight This paper talks about what bulimia means its causes symptoms medical consequences and treatmentBulimia is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting the use of laxatives or diuretics strict dieting or fasting or excessive exercise Although the disorder can affect men the preponderance of people with bulimia are female adolescents and young women Many are self-critical perfectionist women from high achieving families There are two subtype of bulimia nervosa purging and nonpurging it occurs in 05 percent to 20 percent of adolescents and young adult women Purging type this subtype describes presentations in which the person has regulatory engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives diuretics or enemas during the current episode Nonpurging type this subtype describes presentation in which the person has used other inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as fasting or excessive exercise but has not regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives diuretics or enemas during the current episode Also bulimics are usually of average or above average weight there are ongoing feelings of isolation self-deprecating thoughts depression low self-esteem and there is a full recognition of the behavior as abnormal for example - Make excuses to go to the bathroom after meals- Buys large amounts of food which suddenly disappears- Has unusual swelling around the jaw- Eats large amounts of food on the spur of the moment- Laxative or diuretic wrappers frequently found in trash can- If there is unexplained disappearance of food in the home or residence hall settingAlthough the exact
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