Friday, September 21, 2012

Take Care Of Yourself

Just because people are fatter than ever before, doesn´t mean that they don´t care about there looks.  With so much pressure in the media, constantly bombarding us with pictures of super skinny super fit people, there is so much pressure for people to lose weight and to enter weight loss programs, there is a risk that some may develope eating disorders.
One of the most popular eating disorders out there is Bulimia.  One website describes Bulimia in this way "Bulimia is characterized by episodes of secretive excessive eating (bingeing) followed by inappropriate methods of weight control, such as self-induced vomiting (purging), abuse of laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise".  

Some shocking statistics that even left me speachless!


Bulimia is estimated to affect between 3% of all women in the U.S. at some point in their lifetime. About 6% of teen girls and 5% of college-aged females are believed to suffer from bulimia. These numbers are somewhat lower than earlier estimates of the prevlance of bulimia due to the precise criteria now established for the diagnosis (see below). Approximately 10% of identified bulimic patients are men. Bulimics are also susceptible to other compulsions, affective disorders, or addictions. Twenty to 40% of women with bulimia also have a history of problems related to drug or alcohol use, suggesting that many affected women may have difficulties with control of behavioral impulses.

Eventhough weight loss and losing weight is a topic on every one´s mind and in the media, we still need to be very carefull in the methods we use.  If you know anyone who is suffering from this disorder, I encourage you to check out the may save some one´s life. 
















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