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  1. Introduction
  2. The complications that come with bulimia
  3. Biological, psychological and social factors as causes of anorexia
  4. Article discussing the treatment of eating disorders
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

The article goes over bulimia nervosa in a brief but descriptive article which is broken up in to three pages. Individuals with bulimia nervosa periodically engage in discreet eating periods, which can be considered to be binge eating, which is then followed by act of purging. This is a recurrent episode due to sense of lack of control, thus portraying an uncontrollable inappropriate behavior in order to prevent weight gain. This is common among mostly women such as gymnasts and models.Those who are bulimic have major concerns about their weight and shape. However, though their binge eating habits are uncontrollable, those consequences of eating unhealthy foods are undone by acts of self induced vomiting, a misuse of laxatives, restrictions, diuretics, enemas, and excessive exercising. For bulimia nervosa, there are two types, the purging type, which is when the individual regularly binge eats and then vomits, or uses laxative, diuretics and enemas, and the non-purging type, which is when individuals endure extreme dietary fasting and exercising.

[...] It is also a reliable source because of its backing of MD's who were used as references. This article discusses the treatment of eating disorders can be a bit similar to anxiety disorders, due to similar characteristics and causes. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are associated with altered levels of neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers in the brain. This is particularly true of serotonin levels. It makes sense, then, that medications developed to improve the function of neurotransmitters might be useful in the treatment of eating disorders. [...]

[...] This article descriptively describes anorexia nervosa as a psychiatric disorder. What anorexia is characterized as is when an individual refuses to maintain a minimal of the normal weight, and this is accompanied by a list of psychological and physiological consequences. If they are less than 85% of their ideal weight, have an intense fear of gaining weight, have a disturbance of their own body image, then they can be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. There are two subtypes, a restriction subtype, which is the limitation of food as the main strive to lose weight, and there is binge-eating/purging type, in which there are short but intense eating periods, followed by self induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diuretics, and excessive exercise. [...]

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