Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia

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Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia

BulimiaA disorder in which a person binges on large quanitities of food, followed by efforts to purge the food by vomiting or other means.

ObesityA condition in which a person's body weight is more than 20% above the average weight for a person of a particular height.

Anorexia NervosaA severe eating disorder in which people may refuse to eat while denying that their behavior and appearance are unusual.

Example!Someone with bulimia mayconsume an entire gallonof ice cream and a whole pie ina single sitting. Then the individualwill induce vomitting or take laxitives to rid themselvesof the food.

Guess what!The most widely used measure of obesity is BMI (body mass index).BMI is based on a ratio of weight to height.People with a BMI greater than 30 areconsidered obese.

Interesting...People diagnosed with anorexia oftensuffer from an irrational fear of gainingweight! To be clinically diagnosed withanoreixa, a person's BMI must beless than 17.5.

The Facts

- There are a variety of biological, psychological,and social facotors that contribute to today'sobesity epidemic.

- Obesity increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes,cancer, and premature death.

- 200 million people in the United States are consideredoverweight, and a quarter of those people are so heavy thatthey are considered obese.

- Research shows that just as many men suffer fromeating disorders as women.

- For bulimics, the constant process of binging and purgingplus the use of drugs to induce vomitting or diarrheacan lead to heart failure.

- 10% of people with anorexia will eventuallystarve themselves to death.

- Anorexia nervosa mainly affects females betweenthe ages of 12 and 40.

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