Causes And Consequences Of Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which binge eating is followed by self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic misuse, fasting, or excessive exercise. After this occurs, individuals with bulimia can feel a of loss of control, guilt, or remorse (Le Grange & Schmid, 2005, p. 587). Although eating disorders are an extremely important health issue, funding for research is extremely limited compared to other disorders. “Research dollars spent on Alzheimer 's Disease averaged $88 per individual in 2011. For Schizophrenia the amount was $81. For Autism $44. For eating disorders the average amount of research dollars per affected individual was just $0.93 (National Institutes of Health, 2011). Bulimia has many causes and correlates, consequences, …show more content…
Emotional changes include their general attitude or performance, being unable to accept compliments, being down on themselves/referring to themselves with a negative connotation, working to create a perfect image, express feelings of worthlessness, or pulling away from their friends. Physically, we should be looking for signs of extreme weight loss/gain, complaints about abdominal pain, callouses on their knuckles from self induced vomiting, and fainting/dizziness. Behavioral changes include taking more frequent trips to the bathroom, wearing very bagging clothing, avoiding the cafeteria/eating alone, or if the student is constantly talking about food or denying problems with food or body concern even when there is evidence supporting they have a problem (National Eating Disorders Association Educator Toolkit). If you are still believing that bulimia is not a huge deal or that as long as they’re eating something they will be okay, I will show you how wrong you are. Bulimia is a serious health condition and there are many consequences to this eating …show more content…
From this statement alone, we can conclude that two of the consequences of bulimia are weight loss and vomiting, however, there are also long term consequences that occur with bulimia. When vomiting occurs frequently, the enamel on teeth can erode, the esophagus can be inflamed, glands can be enlarged, or you could end up with stomach damage, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, and/or long term constipation. Irregular heartbeat and heart failure are also extreme consequences that can occur with bulimia (National Eating Disorders Association Educator Toolkit). Now that we know all of the warning signs and consequences, we can look to how to prevent, treat, or improve the lives of adolescents that are affected by

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