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An Overview of Bulimia Nervosa

            Bulimia Nervosa (BN) is one of the leading eating disorders worldwide alongside anorexia nervosa and continues to pose a major health threat as sufferers experience psychological and medical symptoms that most often lead to complications (Le Grange & Lock, 2007, p. 4). One of these complications is the tendency of bulimic patients to commit suicide because of aggravating sense of despair and loss of hope. According to Pompili, Girardi, Ruberto & Tatarelli (2006), "suicide in anoxeria nervosa and bulimia nervosa is a major cause of death" (p. 1). Aside from suicide, one of the disturbing realities about bulimia nervosa is how it tends to affect women and adolescents. The usual onset or starting point of bulimia is set at adolescence (Le Grange & Lock, 2007, p. 3) when young adults are starting to form their own self-identity, a process tied to the notion of body image. The seriousness of bulimia nervosa compels one to understand the 'entire story' of this eating disorder that includes knowing its history and nature, the etiology, symptoms and prognosis as well as the innovative treatments that have emerged in the recent years that can solve the case and problem that is bulimia nervosa. .
             Bulimia Nervosa: At a Glance.
             Characteristics and symptoms often associated to BN are known to have existed and observed in the ancient times. Emperors Claudius and Vitellius of ancient Rome are found to have exhibited the typical features of bulimia nervosa (Willer, 2007, p. 1). Although the characteristics that identify BN were already present in the ancient world, BN as an eating disorder had not yet been established. It was only in the 70s that BN received an identity of its own separate from anorexia nervosa. It was though the article of Gerald Russell titled "An Ominous Variant of Anorexia Nervosa" that BN gained its distinction and prominence (Willer, p. 1). Since then, BN has been known to exist separate from anorexia nervosa and has been established to cause as much health trouble as AN.

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