I recently published a post on the young adult books website which I am honoured to share with the highly esteemed and talented Authors such as Fran Veal, Sheena Freitas, Andrea Buginsky, Bill Hiatt and Vincent Morrone. There are more which I will share as I go along so that you can see some of their fantastic books and blogs.
Check out the recent IndieYAbooks.com post here: http://indieyabooks.com/2014/02/does-hope-exist-bulimia-nervosa-and-the-journey-to-skin-and-bone/
I enjoyed researching this particular article because I have teenagers of my own, and it is always good to keep an eye on the activities, the trends, and the problems that young people are experiencing today. Sometimes the parents are the last to find out what is actually going on in their childrens' daily lives. Social internet sites, computer games, and mobile phones can sometimes steal away precious social interactions at home. But that is a whole other article!
Eating Disorders – Statistics
As you can see from the graph there are an astonishing 25 000 people per million who have suffered with Bulimia! 20 000 have had some kind of problem with Binge Eating, and 5000 per million have become Anorexic!
Scary statistics, and I don't know about you, but I'm watching mine like a hawk for fear of them falling into the same kind of behaviour.
It's not all fun and games being a teenager (I remember) and the world we live in demands so much from youngsters today. Magazines, newspapers, gossip columns and peers churn out 'perfect' people in the shape of Movie Stars, Pop and Rock Idols, Super Models and so on, and it is easy for a child to assume that being incredibly underweight is a must if you want to succeed in life.
"Bulimia had it's grip on me for over a decade. I suffered many painful and embarrassing side effects. I was very sick. In fact... I'm amazed that I survived bulimia."
This is when a child could think of what seems a quick and easy solution to their weight problem (which in fact, might not even be a problem and exists in their mind alone). They begin to starve themselves regularly, and when they succumb to their appetite they eat far more than they normally would, just to throw it all up at the first opportunity. Everyone gets sick from time to time if they are ill, or something they have eaten does not agree with them, and the human body uses the gag reflex to rid the body of dangerous diseases, and germs. When it is continually happening though, the body reacts in a serious way, and can render a person extremely ill in a very short period of time.
I was going to include an image here, but when I checked them out online I decided to spare you that. The stomach acid, when it is continually being brought up into the mouth, disintegrates the protective tooth enamel and exposes the softer dentine which is far more easily damaged: you get the picture. This is just one area of the human body damaged by constantly regurgitating food.
There are many more side-effects that can occur in a suffering Bulimic. Check out this site I found to learn more:
ConstipationTearing of the Oesophagus
Bone Density Problems
Infertility and Bulimia Pregnancy Problems
Kidney Infection and Failure
Hypo and Hyperglycaemia
Celebrities Who Have Suffered With Bulimia
The reason I am listing these people here is because young people who might be influenced by their favourite actor or singer, and how they look, might also be influenced in a positive way when these people speak about their own Bulimia, and the devastating effect it has had on their life. They are human, and exactly the same as you and I, and it helps to realise that and see that they make the same mistakes, and need the same help.
Paula Abdul – Singer – Celebrity
Catherine Bell – Actress
Melanie C – Singer – Spice Girls
Russell Brand – Comedian – Actor
Britney Spears – Singer – Celebrity
Geri Haliwell – Singer – Spice Girls
Demi Lovato – Singer
Elton John – Singer – Celebrity
Sharon Osbourne – Celebrity
These are but a few of the people I could have listed, so you can see how big the problem is and how it can effect all kinds of people across the board.
Check out this video on Youtube. It is one of many, and they are heart-breaking to watch. It all seems to come down to a terrible lack of self-esteem, a ferocious desire to be nothing less than perfect, and a desperate attempt to control at least one aspect of a person's life, when everything else seems uncontrollable!
I Have Bulimia. Where Can I Go For help?
First of all; hats off to you for admitting it!! The first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem, and it is the most difficult! There are many agencies that can help with Bulimia, and Eating Disorders. Your first port of call could be your parents, or your partner if you are older; you can approach your GP who will have information local to your area where you can get help. I have listed a few sites on line in my IndieYAbooks post, but here are some more:
Helpguide– Bulimia Nervosa
Signs to look for; symptoms; treatments and help
A brilliant resource where you can find factsheets about Bulimia, support and help from people like you!
Young Minds For Worried Parents
If your child is showing symptoms of an eating disorder, you can ring Young Minds, and get some advice on the best way to help you to help your child.
Parent Helpline : 0808 802 5544
My heart goes out to any sufferer of this illness, and I hope and pray that you recover quickly, and get back to enjoying your life!
Check out the link at the top of this post for more information on this, and many other subjects at IndieYAbooks.com