Topic: Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder. It is well known as the name Bulimia. A person with Bulimia eats a lot of food in a short amount of time. This is called binging. The person may fear gaining weight after a binge. Binging can also cause feelings of shame and guilt. So, the person tries to "undo" the binge by getting rid of the food. This is called purging. Purging might be done by: Making yourself throw up, taking laxatives - pills or liquids that speed up the movement of food through your body and lead to a bowel movement (?of what?), exercising a lot, eating very little or not at all ,taking water pills to urinate. I chose this subject because people who suffer from Bulimia are usually teenagers just like me and I know many people who are bulimic so I want to know what is the cause of Bulimia and can someone with Bulimia get over it? Research process and the findings: Who becomes Bulimic? Bulimia is more than just a problem with food. A binge can be set off by dieting or stress. Painful emotions, like anger or sadness, also can bring on binging. Purging is how people with bulimia try to take control and to ease stress and anxiety from their actions. There is no single known cause of Bulimia, it can derive from many factors, chemical and environmental. Here are few examples of things that may lead someone to become bulimic: Culture. Women all over the world are under constant pressure to be very thin. This "ideal" is not realistic for most women. But seeing images of flawless, thin females everywhere can make it hard for women to feel good about their bodies. Today, more and more children are also feeling pressure to have a perfect body. Families. It is likely that bulimia runs in families. Many people with bulimia have sisters or mothers who suffered or still suffering from Bulimia. Parents who think that the look of their daughter is more important then her health, or parents who diet themselves are more likely to have a child with bulimia. Life changes or stressful events. Traumatic and extreme events like rape can lead to bulimia. So can stressful events like being teased about body size. Psychology. Having low self-esteem is common among people with Bulimia. People with Bulimia are more likely to be in depression, they may have problems expressing anger and feelings. They might be moody or feel like they can't control impulsive behaviors. Biology. Genes, hormones, and chemicals in the brain may be factors in getting bulimia. (? Where the chemicals come from? Drugs?) Do people recover from Bulimia?
It has been said that “Once bulimic, always bulimic.” Not so. Research has shown that people who were detected early and treated effectively – leaded to 80% of recovery.
Someone with Bulimia can get better with the help of a health care team. A doctor will provide medical care. A nutritionist can teach healthy eating patterns. A therapist can help the patient learn new ways to cope with thoughts and feelings. Therapy is an important part of any treatment plan. It might be alone, with family members, or in a group. Medicines can help some people with Bulimia as well, for example, medicines used to treat depression. Medicines work best when used with therapy. The sooner treatment is started, the better. Getting treatment early can make recovery easier and prevent serious health problems. By working with a counselor, a person with Bulimia can learn to feel better about themselves. They can learn to eat normally again and stop purging. A nutritionist or dietitian can help them learn to make healthy food choices. Eating disorders can take a long time to overcome, and it is common to fall back into unhealthy ways of eating. Conclusion/s: By writing this work I realized that everyone can be Bulimic and that its very hard and long way to hill from Bulimia, it’s a long struggle that in the end you may lose. I realized that people who are having problems, do not have to handle them on there own, they should get help because the bulimia can cause a series damage to your body.
- Feedback: Personal comments on how the research went
I enjoyed working on this project because I am very interested in this subject, the part that I enjoyed the most was the research part because I learned a lot of new things that I didn't know and I improved my writing and vocabulary. To conclusion I am very glad that I have researched this subject.
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Bibliography/References used: http://www.4woman.gov/faq/Easyread/bulnervosa-etr.htm http://www.empoweredparents.com/1eatingdisorders/bulimia.htm http://health.msn.com/centers/mentalhealth/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100070648