hard2706 asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

When was bulimia first diagnosed?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What is Bulimia?

    Bulimia, also called bulimia nervosa, is a psychological eating disorder. Bulimia is characterized by episodes of binge-eating followed by inappropriate methods of weight control (purging). Inappropriate methods of weight control include vomiting, fasting, enemas, excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, or compulsive exercising. Excessive shape and weight concerns are also characteristics of bulimia. A binge is an episode where an individual eats a much larger amount of food than most people would in a similar situation. Binge eating is not a response to intense hunger. It is usually a response to depression, stress, or self esteem issues. During the binge episode, the individual experiences a loss of control. However, the sense of a loss of control is also followed by a short-lived calmness. The calmness is often followed by self-loathing. The cycle of overeating and purging usually becomes an obsession and is repeated often.

    Bulimia was only diagnosed as its own eating disorder in the 1980s.

    People with bulimia can look perfectly normal. Most of them are of normal weight, and some may be overweight. Women with bulimia tend to be high achievers.

    It is often difficult to determine whether a person is suffering from Bulimia. This occurs because bingeing and purging is often done in secret. Also, individuals suffering from Bulimia often deny their condition.

    Sufferers consume huge quantities of food. Sometimes up to 20,000 calories at a time. The foods on which they binge tend to be foods labeled as "comfort foods" -- sweet foods, high in calories, or smooth, soft foods like ice cream, cake, and pastry. An individual may binge anywhere from twice a day to several times daily.

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  • 1 decade ago

    eating disorders have been around for a long time like the medievial times but the first known case was in the 1700s (there is no exact date or year) i would just type eating disorders or history of bulima in a search engine and see what you come up with

    Source(s): I did a report on eating disorders a few years back for school
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ironically it was last thanksgiving!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why do you want to know?

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