Bulimia Nervosa And Anorexia Nervosa Essay

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Bulimia Nervosa
Nilam Gray
San Jacinto Community College Abstract

This paper explores and discusses the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, more commonly referred to as “bulimia,” and which is characterized by binge eating behavior, followed by behavior intended to compensate for the excessive consumption of calories during the binge—most often self-induced vomiting, and commonly referred to as “purging.” Aspects of the disorder that are explored in this report include: what is bulimia; why is bulimia an important disease to understand and study; what are the symptoms/defining features of bulimia; how is bulimia diagnosed; how common is bulimia; what are the causes of bulimia; and how is bulimia treated.
Bulimia Nervosa The DSM-V classifies Bulimia Nervosa, also referred to simply as “bulimia,” as a feeding and eating disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), distinguished from other eating disorders by recurrent episodes of “binging,” or excessive food consumption in a short time, followed by some form of compensatory behavior—that is a behavior intended to compensate for the excessive calories consumed during the binge—often referred to as “purging.” These compensatory behaviors often include self-induced vomiting, consumption of large quantities of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercising, but other behaviors, such as use of medications such as thyroid hormone to speed up metabolism, or failure of individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to…

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