Written by Catherine Rein (last updated April 22, 2009)
Though many more women than men become bulimic, it can happen to anyone, male, female, young, old and from any culture or ethnic background. It was once thought that people of Asian, African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native women could not become bulimic, that they were protected by their culture's acceptance of many body sizes, but as these groups are increasingly exposed to images of thin women, they are more likely to become bulimic.
Bulimia and other associated eating disorders are linked with some common causes. Though this list is not comprehensive, it includes many of the components that all sufferers of eating disorders are challenged with:
We also now know that biology plays a part in patients diagnosed with bulimia. Patients with bulimia have high levels of cortisol, the brain hormone related to stress and decreased levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, the hormones involved with feelings of well-being.
Overcoming eating disorders is not easy and will require the help of trained professionals. A healthy body image and healthy mindset about weight are keys to avoiding eating disorders. By staying away from the scale and enjoying food because of its healthy taste and the way it strengthens your body you can begin to view your body in a different and healthy way.
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