Health and weight maintenance has become a priority for a lot of Americans. With mainstream media glamorizing unrealistically thin models and actors, the average American feels they don’t measure up and become obsessed with losing weight. This desire to fit in and look the best has become a driving force that is leading to bad habits that can become eating disorders. Bulimia Nervosa is a common eating disorder characterized by the individual binge eating large amounts of food and then purging what they have eaten later. Purging is done by either inducing vomiting, by using laxatives, or by excessively exercising. The disorder is often associated with feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment about their eating habits and they are careful to keep their purging behaviors secret. There are multiple heath consequences to Bulimia Nervosa and the person with it should seek help from a health care provider.
- 1Type 1 is purging bulimia, eat a lot of food and then intentionally vomit
- 2Non-purging bulimia, eat a lot of food and then not vomit, but the exercise excessively and consume diet pills
- 3Bulimics feel guilt, embarrassment, shame and loss of control