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Amy is a thirteen year old girl who lives with her divorced mother in a little town in Kentucky Amys mother Nora has suffered from an eating disorder called Bulimia Nervosa from the time she was a teen With the ever growing stress of wanting to be thin low self-esteem combined with her parents divorce Amy begins to develop this increasingly popular and deadly eating disorder as well She finds herself binge eating and then purging her food on a regular basis Amy like many American teenage girls has fallen victim to this terrible disease called Bulimia Nervosa which has been increasing over the years Bulimia nervosa is a disorder in which an individual rapidly consumes an unusually large amount of food This binge is terminated by vomiting laxative abuse abdominal pain or sleep and is seen by the individual as abnormal and distressing Miller 621 There is an increasing trend among teenage girls becoming Bulimic which may be a cause of biological environmental and psychological factors One or any of the combination of the three primary factors may be the reason why Bulimia is increasing among Americas teen girlsBody composition genetics and hormones are just a few examples of the biological factors that can be a direct cause of Bulimia An abnormal level of serotonin a chemical or neurotransmitter used by nerve cells to communicate and which controls appetite and mood is sometimes found in the brains of people with bulimia nervosa Causes Certain hormonal imbalances can correlate to why some teenage girls are increasingly becoming bulimics As a teenage girl hits puberty she will most likely start to fill-out and gain weight which she may not be accustom to Miller 621 This can cause a teenage girl to feel overweight and feel the need to diet and workout as well as resort to bingeing and purging Besides chemical and mental biological factors genetics can play a large role in the development of
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