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Monday, October 24, 2011

It’s bulimia

By Dr MILTON LUM

Source: http://thestar.com
When you eat excessively and then try to purge the food through various means, you’re suffering from bulimia.

BULIMIA nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by cycles of eating large amounts of food (binge eating) followed by the sufferer taking measures to get rid of it (purging) by stimulating vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercising.

The cause of eating disorders is unknown. However, it is believed to be due to a complex interaction between biological, family, psychological, and social factors.

The causative factors include:
·Family history of parents or siblings with an eating disorder suggests a biological factor.
·Psychological factors like poor self-esteem, perfectionism, disturbed relationships and family conflicts may be contributing factors.
·Social factors like media focus on body shapes and peer pressure may be contributing factors in teenage girls.
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If you or someone you know may be struggling with bulimia, what might be some of the factors that may be preventing you from seeking the appropriate help you need?