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Question 7The incidence of anorexia and bulimia is rising in recent years. Discuss the risks people suffering from these eating disorders would face.

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1) Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight.It’s important to note that bulimia doesn’t necessarily involve purging—physically eliminating the food from your body by throwing up or using laxatives, enemas, or diuretics. If you make up for your binges by fasting, exercising to excess, or going on crash diets, this also qualifies as bulimia.

2) Anorexia Nervosa

Effects of bulimiaWhen you are living with bulimia, you are putting your body—and even your life—at risk. The most dangerous side effect of bulimia is dehydration due to purging. Vomiting, laxatives, and diuretics can cause electrolyte imbalances in the body, most commonly in the form of low potassium levels.Other common medical complications and adverse effects of bulimia include:

1. Abdominal pain, bloating2. Chronic sore throat, hoarseness3. Swollen cheeks and salivary glands 4. Weakness and dizziness5. Tooth decay and mouth sores6. Acid reflux or ulcers7. Ruptured stomach or esophagus8. Chronic constipation from laxative abuse

Often called the "slimming disease", anorexia nervosa is a disorder whereby a person thinks that he or she is overweight despite being dangeriously thin. As a result, they may strave themselves and exercise excessively.

Some risks anorexics (people who suffer from anorexia) would face are:(a) Thinning of bones (osteoporosis)This is caused by lack of vitamin D and calcium and lead to easily fractured bones. (b) Hair and skin problemsSkin signs are the expression of the medical consequences of starvation, vomiting, abusing of drugs such as laxatives(c) Gum diseaseIt is caused by stomach acids and enzymes from vomiting, lack of vitamin D and calcium or hormonal imbalance(d) Muscle loss and weakness(e) Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure.The risk for heart failure rises as the heart rate and blood pressure levels sink lower and lower.



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