A “binge-purge” party is a harmless way to enjoy some fattening foods without the guilt.
Even occasional, “recreational” episodes of binging and purging can lead to more serious, compulsive behavior.
Both women and men suffer from eating disorders.
While the majority of people with eating disorders are women, an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.
Syrup of ipecac is a safe means to induce vomiting.
The repeated use of ipecac can weaken the heart muscle and cause irregular heartbeats, chest pains, and breathing problems. Ipecac should only be used to induce vomiting if someone is poisoned.
Eating disorders aren’t primarily about food.
Eating disorders are actually symptomatic of underlying emotional distress.
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Weighing 15% or more below normal body weight
Weight loss, sometimes by means of self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise
Intense fear of gaining weight
Seeing oneself as overweight no matter how underweight
Anxious or ritualistic behavior at mealtimes
Menstrual changes or the absence of menstruation in women
Repeatedly eating larger than normal amounts of food in a short period of time and feeling unable to control this behavior (binging)
Preventing weight gain after a binge by means of self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives or enemas (purging); fasting; or excessive exercise
Unhealthy focus on body shape and weight
Discolored teeth and gums
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Bulimia is more common than anorexia.
Anorexia can co-occur with other disorders, most commonly depression, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
As many as 10% of women and 1% of men suffer from an eating disorder.
It's estimated that as many as one in ten people with anorexia will die from complications of the disorder.
Eating disorders often begin during high school or college.
People with bulimia often binge and purge in secrecy, feeling ashamed when they binge, yet relieved once they purge.
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