Bulimia nervosa Some facts
definition • An emotional disorder in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting
overview • A review of the anorexia nervosa literature suggests that bulimia as a symptom has been known throughout the past century, but that bulimia as a syndrome is of recent origin, around 1940, when it occurred in connection with anorexia nervosa. Comments indicating concern over body shape are infrequent in case reports before the forties, but afterwards become the rule.
Some symptoms • Binge eating signs and symptoms • Lack of control over eating – Inability to stop eating. Eating until the point of physical discomfort and pain. • Secrecy surrounding eating – Going to the kitchen after everyone else has gone to bed. Going out alone on unexpected food runs. Wanting to eat in privacy. • Eating unusually large amounts of food with no obvious change in weight. • Disappearance of food, numerous empty wrappers or food containers in the garbage, or hidden stashes of junk food. • Alternating between overeating and fasting – Rarely eats normal meals. It’s all-or-nothing when it comes to food.
More symptoms • Physical signs and symptoms of bulimia • Calluses or scars on the knuckles or hands from sticking fingers down the throat to induce vomiting. • Puffy “chipmunk” cheeks caused by repeated vomiting. • Discolored teeth from exposure to stomach acid when throwing up. May look yellow, ragged, or clear. • Not underweight – Men and women with bulimia are usually normal weight or slightly overweight. Being underweight while purging might indicate a purging type of anorexia. • Frequent fluctuations in weight – Weight may fluctuate by 10 pounds or more due to alternating episodes of bingeing and purging.
Can the cycle be broken? you can learn to break the binge and purge cycle and develop a healthier attitude toward food and your body. Taking steps toward recovery is tough. It’s common to feel ambivalent about giving up your binging and purging, even though it’s harmful
sources • http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bulimia_signs_symptoms_causes_treatment.htm • http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&cp=9&gs_id=1i&xhr=t&q=bulimia+definition&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=884&bih=530&wrapid=tljp1349270228038022&safe=strict&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=hTpsUPeLMY289gSmk4DgCg
And last but not least • http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&cp=9&gs_id=1i&xhr=t&q=bulimia+definition&pf=p&safe=strict&sclient=psy-ab&oq=bulimia+d&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=1&biw=884&bih=530&safe=strict&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&cad=b • And thanks to my mom for having a medical dictionary so I could look this stuff up