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In a culture where thinness is too often associated with physical attractiveness success and happiness nearly everyone has dealt with issues regarding the effect their weight and body shape can have on their self-image However eating disorders are not about dieting or pride theyre complex psychological disorders in which an individuals eating patterns are developed and then habitually maintained in an attempt to deal with other problems in their life Many loved ones attempt to help the suffering patient however they dont understand the disease themselves In order to help someone with bulimia one must understand what bulimia is how it is diagnosed and the most important how it is treated In order to understand this particular disorder it is important that one realizes what bulimia is Bulimia is defined as periods of uncontrolled eating Goldner A person eats anywhere between 1000 and 60000 calories in a sittingBierma Some attempt to counteract the eating by dieting exercise or other extreme behaviors such as self-induced vomiting and laxatives The use of vomiting by bulimics can easily become addictive Although in the first instance they may have done it to get rid of excess food calories it soon becomes a form of security They are afraid to stop because they fear their eating habits are out of control and without the use of vomiting they fear they will become grossly overweightCollins People with bulimia feel uncomfortable with their bodies and are very sensitive to changes in their weight It is also common for people to be ashamed of their symptoms and therefore hide it example feeling ill or going to the bathroom a lot For some people bulimia can be a very serious problem that can affect their life on a daily bases Bulimia can cause serious health problems ranging from esophagus and tooth damage from vomiting to kidney and heart problems dehydration and an overall loss of energy In rare cases bulimia can cause the
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