Anorexia


Each year millions of people in the United States are affected by serious
and sometimes life-threatening eating disorders. The vast majority are
adolescents and young adult women. Approximately one percent of adolescents
girls develop nervosa, a dangerous condition in which they can
literally starve themselves to death. Another two to three percent develop
bulimia nervosa, a destructive pattern of excessive overeating followed by
vomiting or other " purging " behaviors to control their weight. These
eating disorders also occur in men and older women , but much less
frequently. The consequences of eating disorders can be severe. For example,
one in ten anorexia nervosa leads to death from ...

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around the time of puberty and involves extreme weight
loss. Sometimes they must be hospitalized to prevent starvation because
food and weight become obsessions. For some, the compulsiveness shows up in
strange eating rituals, some even collect recipes and prepare gourmet
feasts for family and friends. Loss of monthly menstrual periods is typical
in women with this disorder and men with this disorder usually become
impotent.

People with bulmia nervosa consume large amounts of food and then rid their
bodies of the excess calories by vomiting, abusing laxatives or excersising
obsessively. Some use a combination of all these forms of purging. Many
individuals with bulimia " binge and purge " in secret and maintain normal
or above normal body weight, they can often successfully hide their problem
from others for years. As with anorexia, bulimia typically begins during
adolescence. The condition occurs most often in women but is also found in
men. Many individuals with bulimia, do ...

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or
substance abuse disorders, and many are at a risk for suicide. Obsessive
compulsive disorder, an illness characterized by repetitive thoughts and
behaviors, can also accompany anorexia.

Bulimia nervosa patients- even those of normal weight- can severly damage
their bodies by frequet binge eating and purging. In rare instances, binge
eating causes the stomach to rupture, purging may result in heart failure
due to loss of vital minerlas, such a potassium. Vomiting causes other less
deadly, but serios, problems. The acid in vomit wears the outer layer of
the teeth and can cause scarring on the backs of hands when fingers are
pushed down the throat to induce vomiting. Further the ...

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