Friday, October 28, 2005

What Are The Facts About Bulimia?

This blog has been created to shed light on the eating-disorder bulimia and to provide practical information which will demystify this disease both for suffers and their loved ones.

First, let’s look at the prevalence of bulimia to give you a bigger picture of how common the suffering is:

· Statistics show that females from the age of 15 to 30 are more likely to suffer from bulimia than any other age group. This is not to say that older women or men do not suffer from it. On the contrary, sadly they do!

· Bulimic sufferers tend to have a higher than average natural weight, or they tend to fall within the normal range of the body weight scale Because there are very few outward signs and symptoms, it makes it very difficult to detect,

· Recent projections estimate the lifetime prevalence rates for Bulimia nervosa to range between 1.1 % and 4.2 % of the population (Garfinkel, et al, 1995). These figures will vary from community to community.

· Between 1988 and 1993 alone, there was a threefold increase in the actual recording of Bulimia nervosa (Tumbal, etc al, 1996).

· Incidents of Bulimia nervosa are lowest in rural areas, intermediate in urbanized areas and the highest in large cities. 6.6, 19.9 and 37.9 respectively per 100,000 females each year (Hoek, et al, 1995).

· 1 in 20 (a typical school class size) female high school and college students suffer from some form of eating disorder.

· 4 % of the above age group regularly induces vomiting to control shape and weight (Cooper & Fairburn, 1983).

· Bulimia nervosa is more common than Anorexic nervosa. The likelihood of recovery is better for bulimia; however medical complications do exist, due to the purging nature of this condition.

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