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Simple Questions About Eating Disorders

 
 
 
 1. Anorexia is a psychiatric illness in which there is a preoccupation with dieting and thinness.

 2. One percent of teenage girls in the U.S. develops anorexia nervosa and up to 10% of those may die as a result of the illness.

 3. Bulimia nervosa (bulimia) is described as a disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating (rapid consumption of food in one sitting) which are almost always followed by purging (ridding the body of food).

 4. Bulimic individuals always purge their meals by vomiting.

 5. After purging their meals, bulimic individuals often feel a sense of euphoria (euphoria also means "having really good feelings," also know as "getting high"). This euphoric feeling is one of the main reasons why bulimic behavior is addictive.

 6. Individuals with anorexia frequently eat large quantities of food and then purge it by vomiting or using laxatives.

 7. A stressful life in combination with poor "coping skills" may lead to anorexia.

 8. Most eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, occur in young women, but may effect either males or females of any age.

 9. The percentage of men getting eating disorders is decreasing slightly over the past ten years in the United States.

 10. Anorexic individuals may not acknowledge that his or her weight loss is dangerous and may actually believe that they are overweight.



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