Eating Disorders And Its Effects On Children Essay

1095 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which binge eating is followed by self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic misuse, fasting, or excessive exercise. After this occurs, individuals with bulimia can feel a of loss of control, guilt, or remorse (Le Grange & Schmid, 2005, p. 587). Although eating disorders are an extremely important health issue, funding for research is extremely limited compared to other disorders. “Research dollars spent on Alzheimer 's Disease averaged $88 per individual in 2011. For Schizophrenia the amount was $81. For Autism $44. For eating disorders the average amount of research dollars per affected individual was just $0.93 (National Institutes of Health, 2011). Bulimia has many causes and correlates, consequences, and research supported suggestions that I will use in my future career, as an educator, to better serve and support my students.
In order to understand why so many young adolescents have eating disorders, we must understand the main causes and correlates of bulimia. Research shows that a lack of self confidence and low self esteem along with pressures in society to be thin. In 2012, a study by Dryer, Tyson, and Kiernan found the following: “The two components that received the highest levels of endorsement were psychological vulnerability and socio-cultural pressure. These were quite clearly considered by the respondents to be the most important causes of BN.” In Western culture, body image is valued so much that so many people,…

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