An eating disorder, most prevalent in women, whereby those suffering binge eat and induce themselves to vomit

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Why do people chew on newspaper?

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Chewing on newspaper could be a form of pica, a disorder characterized by craving and consuming non-food items. This behavior may be related to nutritional deficiencies, anxiety, or sensory-seeking behaviors. It's important to address this habit with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and appropriate intervention.

Why is it wrong to be fat?

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It's essential to clarify that it is not inherently wrong to be fat or to have excess body weight. The perception that being overweight or obese is morally wrong or indicative of a character flaw is a misconception rooted in societal biases and misconceptions about body weight.

Misconceptions and Stigma The stigma associated with being overweight or obese is a product of societal norms, media portrayal, and cultural biases. These biases often associate thinness with beauty, health, and success, while equating higher body weights with laziness, lack of self-control, or poor lifestyle choices. However, this oversimplification overlooks the complex interplay of genetics, environmental factors, socio-economic status, mental health, and physiological conditions that contribute to an individual's weight.

Body Diversity and Health It's crucial to recognize that bodies come in diverse shapes and sizes, and health is not solely determined by body weight. Health is a multifaceted concept that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Thinness does not necessarily equate to good health, just as being overweight does not always indicate poor health.

Health at Every Size (HAES) Approach The Health at Every Size (HAES) movement advocates for embracing body diversity and promoting health-enhancing behaviors rather than focusing solely on weight loss. It emphasizes adopting a holistic approach to health, including intuitive eating, joyful movement, body acceptance, and respect for individual differences. The HAES approach prioritizes sustainable lifestyle changes, focusing on improving overall well-being rather than fixating on a number on the scale.

Psychological Impact The stigma and discrimination faced by individuals who are overweight or obese can have profound psychological impacts. Body shaming, societal judgment, and discrimination based on body size can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. This perpetuates a cycle where mental health is compromised, making it harder for individuals to adopt healthy behaviors.

Challenging Biases and Promoting Acceptance It is crucial to challenge societal biases and promote acceptance, respect, and inclusivity for individuals of all body sizes. Encouraging a shift in focus from weight to health behaviors, promoting body positivity, and fostering a culture of inclusivity can contribute to creating a more supportive and understanding environment for everyone, regardless of their body size.

Conclusion In summary, it is not morally or ethically wrong to be fat or to have excess body weight. Body diversity is a natural and normal aspect of human variation. Understanding that health is multifaceted and cannot be determined by body size alone is essential in combating weight-based stigma and promoting holistic well-being for all individuals. Embracing body acceptance, challenging societal biases, and promoting a more inclusive and supportive environment are key steps toward creating a more equitable society for people of all body sizes.

Why do you throw up?

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Humans throw up because their body's have digested something that there stomach does not agree with.


because we have to look at ur ugly mug

How many times do you have to binge and purge before being bulimic?

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at least 3 times a week for at least 2 months Well, actually, according to the current diagnostic criteria (DSM IV) you need to binge and purge at least twice a week for a period of 3 months or more before you can be officially diagnosed with bulimia. Of course, there are 2 subtypes of bulimia - purging and non purging. So not all bulimics actually throw up and/or abuse laxatives. You can also be bulimic if you use other excessive weight loss "strategies" after binging - like fasting, severe restriction of your food intake and exercise.

It has been suggested, in the proposed DSM V, that the criteria for bulimia should be purging once a week for 3 months or more - but this has not been confirmed/accepted yet.

How is bulimia dangerous?

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Bulimia is when someone uses excessive measure to lose weight. This could be from binging and purging, abusing laxitives, or extreme excercising after eating. I used to be bulimic by binging and purging. binging and purging can lead to: damaged tooth enamel and abcess throut and sinus infections digestion problems MALNUTRITION which can cause: mood swings loss of energy inability to focus and comprehension proplems loss of metabolism loss of hair I don't know much about the effects of abusing laxitives but here is the obvious. laxitives: digestion problems Malnutrition Jessica

What to do if your friend is bulimic?

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Tell her parents. I know she probably swore you to secrecy and will get mad if you tell, but you have too. Eating disorders are a really serious disease that could lead to death. She might get mad at you now, but in the end you'll be saving her life and it will be worth it. Please tell her parents so they can get the help that she needs!

What would happen if you had anorexia and bulimia at the same time?

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Anorexia and Bulimia are diagnosed mainly by the weight of the sufferer. If a Bulimic person becomes underweight, they will then be diagnosed with Anorexia the Binge and Purge subtype. There are two main subtypes of anorexia nervosa:

Restricting: Where low weight is maintained by low food intake, exercise and/or laxative abuse

Binge/Purge: While restricting; engaging in regular binge and/or purge sessions

According to the American Psychiatric Association what bingeing behavior must a patient exhibit before a diagnosis of bulimia can be made?

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Recurrent episodes of binge eating (minimum average of two binge-eating episodes a week for at least three months) and a feeling of lack of control over eating during the binges.

Who is affected by bulimia?

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People with self-esteem issues, mainly teenagers. There is a common misconception that the skinnier you are, the better you look; therefore, people with poor self-images strive for the smallest weight possible in an attempt to feel better about their appearance... even at risk to their own health.

Does bulimia cause birth defects?

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Hi, I suffered bulimia from age 12 until i actually got pregnant when I was 19. I stopped during my pregnancy. My daughter is almost 4 now. I also have a 3 month old daughter. so yes. if you have a past of bulimia it is still possible to become pregnant

Will you still lose weight if you don't eat but still drink specialty coffees like french vanilla or Starbucks and replace food with drinks?

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Yes, but remember there is a lot of sugar in syrup - it is made entirely of sugar, and also it is VERY bad for your body to not eat. Your body will go into "starvation" mode and store ANYTHING you eat as fat, so you wont be able to eat anything at all, also your body will burn muscle instead of fat which will lower your metabolism making it harder to lose weight. It is better to do lots of exercise and build some muscle, as muscle burns more calories than fat, and you will be able to eat more and lose more weight.

Another opinionYou will lose weight, but your metabolism will slow down and it will be even harder to lose weight in the future.

Why do you poopoo?

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When you eat, there are always bits of your food that can not be digested. This food is drained of most of its water, this waterless food is stored in the rectum as Feces, until it is eradicated through the body as a bowel movement.

What is a symptom of bulimia nervosa that involves vomiting?

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I see you are asking "What are the symptoms for bulimia nervosa?"

Bulimia signs and symptoms may include:

#Being preoccupied with your body shape and weight

#Living in fear of gaining weight

#Repeated episodes of eating abnormally large amounts of food in one sitting

#Feeling a loss of control during bingeing — like you can't stop eating or can't control what you eat

#Forcing yourself to vomit or exercising too much to keep from gaining weight after bingeing

#Using laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating when they're not needed

#Fasting, restricting calories or avoiding certain foods between binges

You can also visit this site - digestivetracthealth. com/condition/bulimia-nervosa/c/3184

How can you tell if someone has buimia nervosa?

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Here are some ways you can tell:

  • they may have a rapid weight loss
  • they may wear more baggy, larger clothes (to hide themselves or make them look thinner)
  • they won't eat around other people or say they've already eaten/will eat later/ etc.
  • their hair & nails may start to get brittle
  • their skin will start to yellow
  • they may seen anxiety or depressed

How long should you wait to throw up after you eat if you are bulimic?

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It may not be right after eating, but it has to be soon enough that the food is still in your stomach and hasn't really begun to be digested and stuff yet. Generally is it within 30 mins. to 1hour 30 mins after eating that bulimics will throw up.

Does having your gallbladder removed make you fat?

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No. That would not be a side effect of gallbladder removal.

What kind of people usually have anorexia?

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Anyone can potentially become anorexic. Those who are more likely are....


*Between the ages of 12 and 26

*Those who live in the Western Hemisphere of the world

*Alcoholic / Drug Addict

*Those who suffer from low self-esteem, depression, BDD (Body Dismorphic Disorder), low self body image, ect.

*Family history

*Friends who suffer from similar eating disorder

*White / Caucasian

*From an upper- or middle-class family

What is foods to avoid for bulimia?

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Anorexics tend to avoid foods that are high in caloires and fats. This often involves most desserts and dairy products, along with some carbs.

What is a common characteristic of both bulimics and anorexics?

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Both anorexics and bulimics are cautious about how much they eat around other people and what kinds of foods they ingest. They do not like to eat around other people (secrecy is the name of the game). They both starve themselves for long periods of time (bulimics just make up for it by stuffing it all down later). They might appear bloated, but that is mostly bulimics due to water retention so I suppose it depends on how much the anorexic is vomiting.

What signs do you look for to know for sure if my friend is bulimic?

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Unexplained weight loss or gain

Obsessive calorie counting

Avoidance of eating in public, or with other people

A large amount of food wrappers in their rubbish (not explained by a party or something)

Money troubles, excessive grocery/fast food bills

Shoplifting of food

Hoarding food

Trips to the bathroom or shower after eating, or overexercising after (or before) eating

Buying excessive amounts of laxatives or diuretics

Marks on knuckles (from teeth)

Putting hair up before going to the toilet

Showering directly after meals

Swollen salivary glands (chipmunk cheeks)

Problems with the front, bottom teeth

Appearing dehydrated

Otherwise young, healthy person experiencing blackouts and/or chest pain

These are just some examples, and it changes from person to person.

Often depressive symptoms appear as well. Bulimia has a high co-morbidity with depression and substance abuse.

How do you throw up properly?

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You pass out lying on your back or with your head back. When your body reacts to something (usually drugs or alcohol) you puke but dont wake up because you're passed out. Therefore you choke and probably die... I think

What disease is bulimia?

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Whenever anyone talks about bulimia nervosa the first thing they focus on is a list of symptoms to do with bingeing and purging. However, there is much more to bulimia than this. It is a very complex illness that is poorly understood, and one for which treatment is still in its infancy. Orthodox medicine has little to contribute aside from the treatment of some of the more obvious physical symptoms. Sadly this does little or nothing to effect recovery.

A list of physical symptoms is available below. Please don't think for an instant bulimia is limited to these. It is a deep seated psychological disease, often inherited, that affects the sufferer in a multitude of ways. The first signs someone has of being bulimic can be in the form of anxiety in early childhood. Only later (on average at the age of 17 and 4 months) does bingeing and purging enter the picture. To learn more about bulimia please see

It helps to think of bingeing and purging as simply symptoms of a much deeper issue. It is an issue that can manifest itself in a multitude of ways, usually when the sufferer is at their most debilitated. They feel misunderstood, confused and then this unimaginable behavior manifests. Worse, the treatment they are often offered casts them as addicts and assumes their behavior is by choice. If addiction actually exists, it is assumed that this is further evidence of dysfunction. In reality the addiction is often another behavior triggered by anxiety; again, not a choice.

The only treatment that is going to benefit the person suffering, is one that deals directly with the underlying causes. For this reason, many treatments simply suppress a few symptoms. They do not effect cure. Measures of success have nothing to do with weight. Locking someone away and preventing them from purging is not a solution. If anything, it contributes to anxiety.

Often we see addiction in the family. This may be alcohol or narcotics, but is often present in either parents or grandparents. There is something of a myth that has grown up to suggest many bulimics have been sexually abused. There is no statistical evidence to suggest that instances of sexual abuse in bulimics is any higher than in the general population. This sort of misinformation is dangerous, as it can prevent some sufferers seeking help. They were never abused and wouldn't want anyone to suspect their parents of abusing them.

Because of the higher likelihood of addiction in the family, sometimes the bulimic individual doe s not have the benefit if a family that is supportive. However, because they are generally intelligent and creative individuals, they can sometimes find another support network.

Many bulimics experience shame and guilt around their behavior. This is particularly sad as their situation is not one of their choosing. It is an illness just like diabetes. However, sufferer often blames themselves for their condition.

Bulimic, or 'Group B', people have little control or moderation over some aspects of their life. Food tends to be focused on, however spending, drinking, exercise and sex are all areas in which this lack of moderation can be experienced. This is not by choice. It's simply deeply coded into the nature of the person. Only with careful management will they get things under control.

There is a direct relationship between satisfaction and anxiety. As their anxiety increases and their satisfaction reduces they become more likely to engage in bulimic activity. If for instance they have exams, or a difficult episode with friends, or even a nasty shock, they become radically more likely to binge/purge. Of course, narcotics and alcohol both increase stress and anxiety in the body. Excessive use of either is likely to trigger a return to bulimic behavior.

Many people forget that the poor moderation control also can have it's positive aspects. Bulimics are great employees, as they tend to take on additional work - unable to moderate their workload. There is a danger of 'burnout' here, however with a good manager this employee can be much more productive than her counterparts. Equally, at school they often do very well, because they give 110%. They work best in a project based environment, where work takes place in short bursts of intense activity, with periods for recuperation in between.

As the bulimic individual masters her situation she often thrives and moves into a new more creative stage of her life. She understands herself better, and learns to accept the benefits of her nature, while limiting the riskier aspects of it. Mastering anxiety often completely removes the binge/purge aspect of bulimia. Typical list of symptoms: What are the effects of Bulimia?

Bulimia has a whole array of medical complications that can arise as the disorder worsens. These effects will infiltrate every inch of the body both physically and mentally. Some effects of bulimia are:

Physical Effects

* Irregular heart rhythms, heart failure

* Dry skin, callused or sore knuckles

* Sore, swollen cheeks

* Increase in cavities, tooth enamel loss, gum disease

* Stomach ulcers

* Rupturing of the esophagus, soreness

* For women, irregular periods

* Complications of the intestines

* Dependency on laxatives

Emotional Effects

* Depression

* Fluctuating emotions

* Feelings of anxiousness

* Poor self-image

* Feeling out of control

* Isolating oneself from others

Signs of bulimia

1. Swollen cheeks or jaw

2. Dehydration

3. Binge eats

4. Calluses or sores on knuckles

5. Going frequently to the bathroom after meals

6. Misuse of diuretics, laxatives or enemas

7. Stomach problems

8. Feels out of control when eating

9. Secretive about eating, or hides food

10. Broken blood vessels in the eyes

What happens to the liver being bulimia?

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Bulimia can cause a ton of things.

* Anemia

* Ruptured esophigas

* Ulcers

* Constipation

* Brittle, dry skin

*Bruised knuckles

* Organ Failure---including liver

* Stomach pain

* DEATH Bulimia is a very serious disorder. There was one woman who died from multiple organ failures from this. If you or someone you know is suffering from this, seriously, see a doctor.

Is ketchup healthy?

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Though ketchup is called "tomato ketchup" tomato is only thethird greatest thing in the sauce The first is aqua or water. The second is salt, otherwise known as rock minerals. Ketchup is good for you in small quantities, like most junk foods, but in large quantities can result in a salt overload- ...or WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Your daily salt recommendation is an average 6 grams) :)