Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Bulimia nervosa and obesity

A person with bulimia nervosa sends in his stomach a great deal of food but doesn't reach the feeling of satiety. By analogy with boozers and hard drinkers bulimics call themselves fooders and hard eaters, what reflects exactly the nature of their disease.

Strange as it may seem, but only half of them have excessive weight. All the others, as we say, keep fit. People with bulimia nervosa manage to keep their figure due to morbid fear of obesity, that is considered to be one of the main symptoms of this eating disorder.

Usually bulimics set for themselves the precise limits of weight (that are sometimes a little bit lower in comparison with normal) and try to stick to them as best as they can. They do all kinds of things to achieve the desirable result: they exhaust themselves with sophisticated diets, have fasting days or starve for several days running, jog in the mornings, go in for shaping and aerobics. To speak the truth, not all of them can bear it for a long time and fairly a large number of girls suffering from bulimia nervosa resort to more simple and reliable methods - they vomit after food and use laxatives. All this constitutes the behavioral pattern of bulimic people.

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