What Are Eating Disorders?
A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food than usual, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spirals out of control. Eating disorders are very complex, and despite scientific research to understand them, behavioral and social understandings of these are still unknown. The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders frequently appear during adolescence or young adulthood, but some reports indicate that they can develop during childhood or later in adulthood. Women and girls are much more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Men and boys account for an estimated 5 to 15 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia and an estimated 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder. Introduction:
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person binges. The person may eat a lot of food at once and then try to get rid of the food by vomiting or sometimes over-exercising. Bulimia is associated with depression and other mental disorders. Because many people with bulimia can maintain a normal weight, they may be able to keep their condition a secret for years. If not treated, bulimia can lead to nutritional deficiencies and even fatal complications. Signs and Symptoms:
* Binge eating of high-carbohydrate foods, usually in secret * Exercising for hours
* Eating until painfully full
* Going to the bathroom during meals
* Loss of control over eating, with guilt and shame
* People with a family history of mood disorders and substance abuse * People with low self-esteem
Health Consequences of Bulimia Nervosa:
Bulimia Nervosa can be extremely harmful to the body. The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles can damage the entire digestive system and purge behaviors can lead to chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other...