What Is Bulimia

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Bulimia, just how deadly is it? Has society gone too far to put a pretty face on every single magazine that a person looks at? What's the difference between looking pretty and looking like a corpse? Where can we draw the line? Today it seems as though the only thing that matters is having the perfect body image. Bulimia patients have many symptoms, mental and physical causes, and long term effects that are easy to identify.

"Eating disorders take over your life and change the person who you are and you will never be the same (changing bodies 25). Bulimia is known by continuous episodes of binge eating. Purging mostly takes the form of vomiting; the bulimic makes themselves throw up in an impulsive way to get rid of the food consumed during the binge. While some people stick their fingers down their throat which is a hopeless attempt to get rid of the food, others use dangerous drugs also help to get rid of the food and stimulate vomiting.

Dr. Aurelia states "The new concept of disorder eating behavior, with poor national habits on one end, and anorexia and bulimia on the other" (Understanding 9).In Em Farrell a physiologist of anorexia and bulimia states that "80 percent of people are believed to be affected by borderline disordered eating, known technically as sub clinical eating disorder. That means only 20 percent of all people have a healthy attitude toward food." (Understanding 9)People with bulimia can look perfectly normal. Most of them are of normal weight, and some may be overweight. Women with bulimia tend to be high achievers.

It is often difficult to determine whether a person is suffering from Bulimia. This occurs because binging and purging is often done in secret. Also, individuals suffering from Bulimia often deny...