Bulimia

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

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Is hepatomegaly with increased ecostructure curable?

no

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What happens if you starve yourself for 5 days or longer?

First you get sick, then very weak. Progressively, you become insect-thin. Eventually you die. That's if you drink some water. Otherwise, death results around day 5. I've starved myself for 4 days once and I lost 15 pounds. I was 134 and then I weighed like 120. Then I kept on losing weight. Then I became bulimic but that's another story.

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What causes starvation?

Starvation can be caused by various things;

Starvation can be purposly caused by somebody with an eating disorder (anorexia).

Or in less economicly developed countries, starvation can be caused by lack of money, in these cases many people suffer from starvation and disease, because there is simply not enough food or money to accomodate the population.Starvation is also caused by lack of nutrition from the food they eat. If someone only ate rocks and dirt, they would starve.

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What is bulimia?

Bulimia is an Eating Disorder that deals with excessive weight loss through self-starvation and sometimes through purging (vomiting, laxative usage), excessive exercising, refusal to maintain normal weight, intense fear of weight gain, obsessive preoccupation with weight and shape, loss of menstrual periods, distorted body image and so on. Bulimia Nervosa specifically is characterized by cycles of binge eating followed by purging, usually done in secret, weight ranges from below to above average (may be difficult to detect), feeling out of control of food intake, purging after bingeing via self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diet pills, diuretics, excessive exercise, or starvation, obsessive preoccupation with weight and shape. Bulimics are deceptively so and usually extremely close to normal weight, but their weight may go up and down, fluctuating dramatically.

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How much weight does someone lose after being bulimic for a couple of months?

The average bulimic has a BMI over 28 (overweight) due to the binges. Purging even STRAIGHT after eating, only gets rid of 10% of the calories consumed. Your body is quick to absorb calories, and it only gets quicker when one starts to purge. Don't do it if you can help it.

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What makes teen girls anorexic?

* Media Influence: The media shows thin models to advertise. Celebrities are often thin. People see these things and think that's the way to be happy or famous. They figure if the woman in the ad is thin and happy, they will be happier if they are thinner. * Peer Pressure: It may seem like every girl is going on a diet to lose weight and look more attractive. They start to think that they should, too, if they want to be popular and have a boyfriend. * Low Self-Esteem: They feel like they're not good enough or don't measure up. They think that by becoming thinner, they will somehow become better than they are and that people will like them more.

-- Many have also had something happen in their life to trigger it.

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i personally went through anorexia, and these are the causes behind why i developed it----

my anorexia had nothing to do with wanting to look good or like a model. my eating disorder mainly existed because it was a way for me to cope with things I had been through. i went through a few traumatic events and i actually subconsciously wanted to make myself as small and ugly as possible that no guy would ever want to hurt me again. not eating was also a way to symbolically cleanse myself because i felt dirty and ashamed as a result of what i had been through. when i wouldn't eat, i would feel pure and clean.

controlling my intake also was my way of having control over my life. so many things had been out of my control and i felt that what I ate was the only thing i could control.

it was also a way for me to punish myself, a way of communicating that i was hurting, and a way to feel accomplishment and a sense of identity.

i also had low self esteem, saw a lot of my family members go on diets, was a people pleaser, and was sort of a perfectionist which can contribute to the development of eating disorders. know that eating disorders can be caused my many factors and that eating disorders have little to even do with food or weight. it's more about how the person feels and their ways of coping with it.

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Are you bulimic if you threw up on the first day of a diet because you felt guilty for eating fattening food?

I am bulimic and if you throw up the food on the first day of the diet purposely, you should be careful because this may be the first step to becoming bulimic. If you keep overeating and then feeling that you should throw up the food it will become a habit. Misery loves company so don't listen to anyone who tells you that they prefer purging their food as a quick weight loss! By making yourself purge (vomiting) your stomach is a muscle and once it gets use to this then it won't be able to stop and you're in big trouble. Diets do work! People who say they don't are lazy or impatient. Two good diets are 'The South Beach Diet' and 'Weight Watchers.' I prefer Weight Watchers because it's not really a diet, but teaching you corrective eating habits. It's not bad at all and I've been on it a couple of times and go back for 'tune-ups' after the winter months to shed a few pounds. There is lots of encouragement, you can eat just about anything, but the secret is the quantity you eat. Be smart and do it right! No, not bulimic. A lot of people do this on diets, as long as you don't keep doing it often you wont develop an eating disorder. EDs are however not so much about the behaviors as the thought process behind them. for example someone who wants to lose weight for prom or bikini season may starve themselves or stop eating to lose the weight but if they have a general like for themselves and their body then they are not eating disordered in this case its just a diet. == == I think the term "bulimic" is thrown around too much. merely throwing up food does not mean you are bulimic, according to http://www.pale-reflections.com/diagnostic.asp bulimia is characterised by: " A. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:

# eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances # a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating) B. Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise.

C. The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months.

D. Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.

E. The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of Anorexia Nervosa.

now, the fact that you threw up your food is a worrying sign of a bad relationship with food, but it mayn't develop into an eating disorder. It is not normal to throw up after eating, but, the above poster was correct in saying that if you should happen to vomit after eating without making yourself purge then you are not necessarily a bulimic. If you do rush off to the washroom to purge your food after eating because you admitted you felt guilty this is a road to being bulimic.

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How much weight can you lose in a week?

1/2- 2 pounds is the healthy amount of weight to lose in a week.

Answersome diets claim you can lose 20 pounds, but that's unhealthy and dangerous. Depending on your age and initial weight, 2-5 is about right.

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I lost 10 lbs in one week by only eating dinner

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It's actually only scientifically possible to lose/gain 2lbs of fat in one week, when you say people claiming to lose 1 stone in 1 week, they're losing muscle and fluid, not fat!

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Will you become anorexic if you just stop eating?

Anorexia is in the head. Most girls with eating disorders have one because of something triggering in their life to lead to it. Those who try to be anorexic are called wannarexics. They are probably looking for attention.

You do not have to be diagnosed by a doctor. Some people hide it well for years or just don't go to a doctor.

It's very common, and I believe can be contagious, especially in today's world. You aren't born with anorexia, it's society and your environment/home life.

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What common symptoms do anorexia and bulimia have in common?

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.

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What bad things can happen to a serious athlete with an eating disorder?

Many things can happen. You won't have much energy to burn if you are not eating, because food provides proteins and minerals that form an energy source for the body. Without this fuel you will feel sluggish. You can become very sick, due to dehydration and vitamin deficiencies.

One of the worst things that occurs during eating disorders is muscle wastage. As much as athletes use their muscles, if you do not eat enough food to maintain that muscle, it will begin to waste away. While this can, of course, impair an athlete's ability to perform well, it is more serious that the heart is also a muscle. The heart shrinking can cause low blood pressure (hypotension), including orthostatic hypotension - a risk factor for stroke and heart attack.

All the muscles, including the heart can also be impaired to inadequate intake of electrolytes, which are salts/minerals that enable to the body to create electrical activity. For the skeletal muscles of the body, lack of these can create severe cramping and temporary paralysis. For the heart this can mean arrhythmia and even cardiac arrest. Athletes with eating disorders are in even more danger of this lack of electrolytes, because they are using their electrolytes during exercise.

Athletes with eating disorders can become prone to fractures, due to inadequate intake of calcium, causing osteoporosis, paired with the impact of the exercise they are doing. This is particularly true in the case of youth and adolescents who develop eating disorders, as their body is still forming their bones and requires more calcium. It is even more true for female adolescents, because cessation of menstruation (which can happen even to serious female athletes who eat healthy) increases the likelihood of osteoporosis, because estrogen helps the body absorb calcium.

The above are only a few of the many, many serious effects eating disorders can have on the body. There is hardly an organ in the body that does not get affected in some way.

AnswerI am an athlete and I became anorexic last year, thankfully I am no longer! I throw javelin and had competed for my county many times over the past few years. My anorexia appeared from nowhere and I had dropped to only 70 pounds - that's 5 stone. I was forced to stop sport for over a year to recover. I had lost nearly all of my muscles and was very weak and fragile. I have regretted starving ever since. Thankfully my sport has improved and am fully into my training again! x
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How does one get rid of their bulimia and still lose weight?

Coming from experience. You first have to come to terms and realize what you are doing is wrong. You are only hurting your body sweety. Bulimia can cause problems, too many to name and for one even prevent you from one day having children. It causes more harm than good. You yourself need to stop and realize that you want to live and lead a healthy life, and that you are BEAUTIFUL and NOTHING is WRONG with you. If you have confidence in your self, people see that and admire that. To get rid of the pooch.....proper diet and exercise....that does not mean starving yourself. Just eat what is right, and avoid fast foods,grease,and too much sodium intake because it will make your body retain water. Your body will thank you and you will see the right changes! There is nothing better than someone like the above poster who has gone through this and offers good advice. I just wanted to add that "Weight Watchers" is an excellent place to starts. It's more about corrective eating habits than diet and you will end up the weight you should be. Yes, you will lose weight if you are truly over-weight. You need not tell them anything confidential about yourself. They may ask you what weakness' you have such as snacking between meals, a desire for sweets (especially chocolate) but as far as your Bulimia it is no one else's business unless you choose to make it their business. Weight Watchers (no I don't work for them, but have gone to them) has a great support system. Good luck hon

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What should you eat if constantly throwing up?

Bananas help to calm your metabolism.

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What are tips on becoming anorexic?

Yes. Don't become anorexic. Anexoria and Bulimia are eating disorders. They are generally found in people, more often women, with more deeply seated issues that could be approached with counseling and/or medical attention. Looking for advice on how to have a life threatening condition is not a good approach. Pleaes seek professional help immediately. Permanent body damage and death are more common outcomes of anorexia than anything positive.

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Will eating a wasp cause a cat to throw up blood?

The wasp will travel down your cat's trachea- it's spindly legs and stinger will tattoo the tissue on it's way down, making it its own.

So yes, as it enters your feline's stomach, it is highly likely that it will regurgitate blood.

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How much weight can you lose if you walked on a bowflex tread climber?

To lose weight, you need to diet and exercise. The amount of weight you would lose would depend on amny factors, such how how long / how instense you worked out, the calories you ate, how much you slept, and so on.

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What does being bulimic mean?

Bulimia is an eating disorder, common especially among young women of normal weight who look in the mirror and see themselves as being fat. They have episodes of episodic binge eating (purging) followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation. After they are done eating as much as they can, they find a quick way to get the food out of their system. Either by forceing themselves to vomit, or take laxetives.

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Does a bulimic only drink water?

Answerbulimics drink what ever, but yes its usually water, once they feel like binging they drink something sweet like a tea or diet soda, i drink coffee when ever i crave for something very unhealthy AnswerNo bulimics drink whatever they want but usually diet drinks since they have an eating disorder. Yes people with bulimia try to drink a lot of water because vomiting dehydrates them but that's not all they drink. AnswerNo bulimics eat all they want, and then puke it all up. It's sick and unhealthy, don't try it. AnswerFirst of all,the above answer was obviously written by someone ignorant to the disorder. Bulimics dont "eat all they want and puke it up",it's a mental disorder uncontrollable by the person.I am bulimic,and no they dont just drink water.its usually diet pop,low calorie drinks like crystal light,or fruit juice low cal. I dont recommend being bulimia to lose weight though since its self destuctive behavior is a hard cycle to break.Do it healthily while you can.And if you're not familiar with eating disorders,refrain from posting your ignorance on this page!!!!
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When you don't eat do you throw up?

Yes, if you dont eat you will throw up after a while. I tell you this because it's happend to me before and it was'nt a good feeling.

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Movie saw keira knightley die from bulimia?

The Hole. Made in the year 2001 and her character's name is Frances Almond Smith

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If you were anerexic or bolymic and lose 40 pounds and start eating healthy do you gain all your weight back if so how many pounds and will it be hard to lose it again?

from someone currently seeking help... i try so so hard not to eat. i am compelled to, i can not control it. i eat and eat and eat, i don't feel good and i don't feel bad. until i am done. then i feel so horrible i feel i have no choice but to relieve myself by throwing up. some time may pass and the urge always comes back. it has nothing to do with wanting to be thin. it has to do with this addiction to food, something makes me want it like some might feel about a cigarette. i smoke and not once have i felt an uncontrollable urge towards the need of a cigarette the way i do with food. and throwing up i guess is a result of not wanting to be fat. i weigh 138 lb. it fluctuates. my stomach always hurts me. my throat is always irritated. i have done this for 6 years averaging 2-4 episodes a day. no one in my family knows. i confessed to my boyfriend and we are getting help. i am so depressed because of this sickness. i just hope they can medicate me to make it stop or i will have to seek inpatient treatment... so below, in my opinion, are both wrong. i believe i have a form of a compulsive disorder. i do not receive satisfaction from the food, quantity not quality... it is not a strong feeling of self control, i was never abused and i had a bad break up but i was bulimic before that...

It is not about attaining the perfect body. While the longing to be perfect IS part of the entire scenario, there are other psychological issues that set off and unleash this disease, such as a bad break up, enduring abuse as a child or any other traumatic experience. Binging and purging is a control mechanism for the every day life of a bulimic. It is almost like a high after one purges, because it is a strong feeling of self control, where the person has no self control in the outside world. Binging and purging is often the only thing one has control over in life, which causes it to become almost like an addiction. It is a vicious cycle, and very hard to overcome.

They are innundated with pictures of skinny girls in magazines, celebrities who are so thin it is unnatural, and unrealistic expectations from televistions. It is easy to understand why so many women become bulimic just to attain the perfect body. Most don't realize or don't care that the celebrity or model was either 'brushed up' for the picture or had surgery to get that perfect little body.

It is a fascination with being perfect that causes women to do things to themselves as punishment for being normal or average.

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Actually it's not really that you get addicted to food but throwing up actually releases a addictive chemical in the brain that causes euphoria.

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Can bulimia affect male fertility?

I'm not sure exactly, but you lose a lot of nutrients with bulimia. and if you're bulimic, you know you don't feel healthy most of the time, if not all of the time. so i would make an educated guess to say it might not be as effected as female's, but it probably isn't doing you any good.

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Can eating disorders cause brain lesions?

Eating disorders have been sometimes considered to be associated with brain lesions, see links below.

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Why are parents of a child who is anorexic not aware of what is happening?

I hope that you are not wanting to do this yourself. I am a recovering anorexic, and because of this I have heart problems and teeth problems. The acid in my stomach would come up my throat and would burn it as well as take the enamel off of my teeth. I have had to have two of my teeth fixed because of this, they each cost me $1,000. Pretty expensive. Also I had gastroesopical reflux disease, and it had to be treated with "the purple pill." My pelvic bone is now narrow and I might not get to deliver babies vaginally because my bones did not have the proper nutrients they needed to grow. How I became anoreix is I would hardly eat anything at all. If I did eat, I would go to my room and start to jog in place. My Mom finally found out and she told me that if I did not start to eat that she would put me in a hospital. So I began to eat again. I am glad that I did too!:)

AnswerThe parents most likely aren't area of their anorexic child because most people with eating dosorders are very secretive and do their upmost to hide their problem from family members, friends and acquaintances. AnswerDenyal is an anorexic/bulimic person's greatest tool. Number one the family is most likely not functional so issues like "why is my child not eating" wouldn't be addressed. Also, parents don't know what to do. The child doesn't know how to tell them to help and doesn't want the parents to get them help. So parents deny it until it's too late. The assume it will go away, just a diet, a phase. Until it's too late. It's not that they are unaware it's that they have no clue what to do. That's why talking about it is so helpful. AnswerParents can't watch the child every moment of the day. In most cases the child is a full time student with activities such as sports and part time jobs. The parent can't make sure the child is eating while they are at school/work. Often dinner at home is not enough to maintain a healthy weight so the clild will lose weight even when they eat with the family once a day. Often they hide weight loss with clothing, excuses, or telling their parents they are not sure why they have lost weight.

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Parents don't have to require over-whelming information for bringing their children up. But awareness of child activities and health should be taken into consideration. Parents who are aware of the unusual changing in child and his/her health, can bring it to their attention and take responsive measures.

Answerbecause Parent's are indenile about their children. They have a vision of their child growing old with somebody they love and going to college and haveing children. That's a perfect life and it's not going to happen but parent's only expect the best of their child which doesn't include them having an eating dissorder. So their child gets an eating dissorder and they completely block it out until it worsens
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Does bulimia work?

Bulimia is a dangerous and often deadly eating disorder. Though is may result in temporary weight loss, it is very unhealthy and comes with many dangerous and destrutcive mental and physical side effects.

It does work i have lost 20 pounds and can eat all i want

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