December 16, 2012
Mental Illness Paper
Bulimia is an eating disorder when a person will eat a lot of food in a short amount of time and then either throw it up or take laxatives to get rid of the food. The reason bulimics do this is because they have no idea how to control the amount of food they eat. “90% of women in American are unhappy with their bodies and think they need to lose weight” and “75% of American males are unhappy with their body size or shape and feel the need to trim fat and increase muscles” (www.css.edu). A myth about bulimia is that well-educated and intelligent women are at a lower risk for developing an eating disorder. The fact is that many people who are successful and educated can develop an eating disorder. It is common to see eating disorders in college students, those in their twenties, and middle-aged people regardless of their status. Another myth about bulimia is that eating disorders only occur in women. The fact is that men can also develop eating disorders. Men have the same characteristics that women have like the obsession of being thin, distorted body images, and emotional issues. Eating disorders are not fatal is a myth about bulimia. The fact is there are fatal deaths that are related to eating disorders from a result from gastric ruptures, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure. Only people who are underweight or overweight develop an eating disorder is a myth on bulimia. The fact is that men and women with an eating disorder are within a normal weight range. Another myth is that people with mental illnesses develop eating disorders. The fact is that people who are considered “ordinary” can develop eating disorders. People who develop eating disorders could be biological, psychological, and/or sociocultural. It is hard to tell if someone you know has bulimia. Bulimics keep their disease very private. There are signs to look out for...