Bulimia Nervosa And Eating Disorders: A Case Study

“I did this to myself” (Hasmi, personal communication, October 17, 2014), Bulimics blame themselves for the problems associated with their eating disorder; they pinpoint the cause onto themselves as an inability to cope. Bulimia Nervosa affects females and males equally; although the rate at which males seek treatment is much lower than women, there is no reason to believe one gender group is more subjective to the disorder. Bulimia is commonly known as the purging of food, through literal purging; however, Bulimia is much more complicated. Through my original understanding, Bulimia affected primarily adolescent woman. In terms of what I personally understood of the disorder, it meant overeating and purging the food or taking substances to …show more content…
There are many risks associated with Bulimia Nervosa that professionals will not see with Binge-Eaters nor Anorexics. These risks include extensive damage to the esophagus and teeth due to various acids present in the stomach; there are cases in which high level of damage included the removal and replacement of teeth. Another high risk consequence of Bulimia Nervosa is, Barrett’s Esophagus which is associated with cancer, in which the cells in the esophagus changes; this is also known as Esophageal Reflux. However acids also affect the gums, which in tern leaves many Bulimics with very sensitive gums that many bleed periodically but also increases the risk of gum disease. Bulimics also tend to have lower levels of potassium which effect their ability to carry out regular day to day activities. Callused fingers are also commonly seen among Bulimics due to purging. Other symptoms generalized to eating disorders as a whole include: Amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle for females), blood sugar level disruptions; low blood sugar can lead to neurological and mental deteriorations, along with problems in the kidney and liver. There is a risk for elevated blood sugar levels leading to diabetes, the shutting down of both liver and kidney, and problems in the circulatory and immune systems. Individuals with eating disorders often suffer from but not limited to: chronic fatigue syndrome, cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, dehydration, edema, and worst of all death. These consequences are not accounted for anyone suffering an eating disorder because many feel that they have control over the disorder rather than the disorder controlling them. Although those are physical consequences, the effects of Bulimia Nervosa is

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