Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which the individual binges on food until they feel a loss of control and then they purge themselves by either vomiting or abusing the use of laxatives to prevent any weight gain. An article on Medscape describes two main ways that individuals struggling with bulimia prevent weight gain: purging methods and non purging methods. When people think of bulimia I think they typically think of binging and then vomiting, but non purging methods such as excessive exercise and fasting can be just as dangerous. For examples, four studies have showed that in people that suffer from eating disorders, excessive exercise is linked to an increased risk of suicide. People with bulimia usually show obvious signs with their dental status (the acid from vomit erodes their enamel), sudden hair loss, acne, or dry skin. The above description of bulimia describes the biological dimensions of the disease. The absence of weight gain and eventual weight loss on top of the side effects (tooth erosion, dry skin, etc.) are the biological, or physical, perimeters of the disease. The cultural dimensions are based on the idea of perfect body images in the United States. The culture in this country pushes the idea of a perfect body image into the minds of the affect individuals. The individual dimension runs parallel with the cultural dimension. The individuals keep in their mind the image of “beauty” and “perfection” that they are willing to purge and reach dangerous measures in order to attain. While there are a lot of physical aspects to bulimia, the psychological aspects are just as prominent.
This illness is often treated in treatment centers. The patients receive professional care with medication while also receiving care on an emotional and personal level in the form of therapy. The holistic and allopathic treatment options work together to help and cure the individual on both physical and psychological levels.
Yager, Joel. “Bulimia Nervosa.” Medscape. Accessed July 22, 2013. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/286485-overview#a0101.