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Spotting Bulimia

Spotting Bulimia | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
We often think of bulimia as “that eating thing models get.” But this isn’t the case. Bulimia is a disorder than can manifest itself in anyone and typically strikes teenaged girls.
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Signs of bulimia are a strict diet, calorie count, and eating patterns. Also, vomiting, tooth damage from stomach acid, extreme exercise, stashing and hiding food, and laxative purchases. 

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Jacob Beck's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:08 PM

I chose this article because it talks about what bulimia is, It also shows how you can spot if someone is a bulimic. It also talks about the side effects.  

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Anorexia, Pregnancy and Abortion: The Surprising Statistics by Sylvia Anderson - Women's Health - InsidersHealth.com

Anorexia, Pregnancy and Abortion: The Surprising Statistics by Sylvia Anderson - Women's Health - InsidersHealth.com | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it

Young women suffering with anorexia nervosa have an intense fear of becoming fat and losing control over how much food they eat. They have a strong need to feel in control of their environment and emotions. Low self-esteem makes them feel undeserving of life's pleasures so they deprive themselves of anything that could make them happy ...


Via InsidersHealth
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Because of all the health problems, menstrual periods can disappear, causing many anorexics to think they can't become pregnant. That isn't the case, and many of them do. Because they don't get enough nutrition or calories, their babies are often born smaller and malnourished, and have a lot of complications. Also, mothers are usually too concerned with their own problems that they can't help with their child's issues, or the mothers impose this unhealthy lifestyle on their children. 

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Jaimee's curator insight, February 27, 2014 9:19 AM

I have always wondered how women who suffer from anorexia felt about pregnancy. Do they resent the child that made them gain 1 or 4 pounds?  

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What is Body Image and How Do You Improve It?

What is Body Image and How Do You Improve It? | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
How do you feel about your body image? Not happy? Here's how to go about improving your body image.
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Because of the struggles associated with the LGBT community (depression, suicide, etc), eating disorders are also very common. Gender identity is a big part of who's susceptible to eating disorders (men/women with feminine lifestyles are more likely to  develop them, rather than the masculine men/women). 

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Dr. Drew's Daughter Reveals Anorexia and Bulimia - ABC News (blog)

Dr. Drew's Daughter Reveals Anorexia and Bulimia - ABC News (blog) | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
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Dr. Drew's Daughter Reveals Anorexia and Bulimia
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He has achieved fame and fortune helping everyday people and celebrities battle their demons, but now TV host and addiction-specialist Dr.
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This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This article states that eating disorders are most common with white, wealthy, young women, and are also common in pageantry, gay men, college students, and athletes. Twice as many women battle eating disorders than men in their lifetime in the US (20,000,000 women to 10,000,000 men).  Also, up to 65% of all people affected by eating disorders have been bullied by their weight or appearance. 

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National Eating Disorders Week: How Parental Behavior May Impact A Child's Body Image

National Eating Disorders Week: How Parental Behavior May Impact A Child's Body Image | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
As National Eating Disorders Week begins, (Feb 23-March 1), it’s a good opportunity to raise awareness of these devastating disorders, not only affecting individuals but significantly impacting loved ones and families.
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The eating habits of parents, along with neglecting support and saying hurtful things, can influence a child to develop an eating disorder. A mother's weight concern is the third leading cause of eating disorders in children. Some things parents can do are not criticizing themselves in front of kids, avoid talking negatively about food, and complimenting children to boost self esteem. 

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Smartphone challenges for eating disorder recovery — Eating Disorder Hope

Smartphone challenges for eating disorder recovery — Eating Disorder Hope | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
The smartphone can lead to relapse or recovery from an eating disorder. Eating Disorder Hope offers free information on body image, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders.
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Whether or not technology and access to the media is beneficial in eating disorder recovery is controversial. There are many pro-anorexia/bulimic groups and apps, such has extreme workout apps, that a person can download. Also, social media like Facebook, and celeb sites can also affect one's body image. But, there are apps and websites for support groups, helpful tips, and hotlines. I think it's up to the patient to decide what they want to view, but I think it can do more good than harm. 

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Erika Oltmanns's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:48 AM

This article is relevant as ever in the modern day exaltation of everything that is technologically advanced. With an insanely vast majority of the population utilizing cell phones and an app for just about everything, it seems also inevitable as ever then that advantages and disadvantages will arise, especially including the notion of recovery pathways from disordered eating as this article points out. Highly significant, also noted in the article, as to the dangerous turns the internet can take, is the concept of "pro-ana" (Anorexia Nervosa) and "pro-mia" (Bulimia Nervosa) websites that support disordered eating behaviors. * If you have not been to one of these websites, it may be an eye-opening experience for you to view, if you are learning about eating disorders, body image, and food intake. However, that being stated, it is also important to note that these sites may bring forth unexpected feelings or reactions, and if you are recovery from disordered eating, these may not be recommended to view. These sites often propel and encourage physical and mental health threatening behaviors, which may play a role in the perpetuation or continuation of the individuals' disorders and inhibit steps or strides towards recovery.                  

http://www.myproana.com/

http://bewitchingbones.webs.com/promiatips.htm

Also noteworthy, yet not directly addressed in the article per say is that although apps and the internet may be beneficial in promoting networking, finding healthful encouragement, and establishing positive endeavors in recovering from disordered eating, there is now an extreme assortment of electronic devices that calculate caloric, fat, protein, and carbohydrate intake and so on that may entice individuals into different levels of restriction based on the ease at which the calculations and nutrition information may be gathered (even though it may not be entirely reliable). It is important to note as well that disordered eating often is described as a continuum in which an individual can have different levels and behaviors that relate to the disordered eating, such as with the behaviors of restriction or binge eating. For a quick guide to distinguishing the different eating disorders and behaviors associated with such, check out the following linked article http://www.anad.org/news/important-changes-in-eating-disorder-diagnoses-in-dsm-v/. (The DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) Overall, technology may be a great interactive mechanism for individuals to connect, yet there likely will always need to be at least some level of face-to-face interaction and contact for social support and perhaps to lessen miscommunication.

 

Please also check out this webpage if you believe you or someone you know may have an eating disorder http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-help-support

 

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Antipsychotic drug may be helpful treatment for anorexia nervosa

Antipsychotic drug may be helpful treatment for anorexia nervosa | Eating Disorders and Body Images | Scoop.it
Low doses of a commonly used atypical antipsychotic drug improved survival in a mouse model of anorexia nervosa, University of Chicago researchers report this month.

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Students at the University of Chicago have studied anorexia by experimenting with mice and the drug olanzapine. Researchers gave the mice little food and forced a lot of exercise, and the mice taking the medicine were more likely to maintain body weight. The challenges with medicating anorexic patients isn't finding the medicine, but getting the patients to take the prescription regularly. 

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