Posts Tagged ‘eating disorder’

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Wales – Free Event

February 17, 2008

Eating Disorders

Awareness Week 2008

GMF & the Cross Party Committee on

Eating Disorders

Invites you to an event to mark

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008

Venue: The Neuadd, National Assembly for Wales

Wednesday, 27th February 2008, 17:30pm

Please e-mail Rowenna Menzies at:


or contact Bethan Jenkins AM for more details.


Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth

Anhwylderau Bwyta 2008


Mae Bethan Jenkins AC

Yn eich gwahodd i ddigwyddiad i nodi

Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Anhwylderau Bwyta


Lleoliad: Y Neuadd, Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Amser: 17:30

Dyddiad: Dydd Mercher, 27ain o Chwefror 2008

Manylion i ddilyn

The Reality of Bulimia…..

February 10, 2008



The true horror of eating disorders is minimised. Whilst the media and social forums glamorise anorexia as being “heroin chic” ~ bulimia nervosa is almost completely ignored as socially taboo.

Adding to the problem is the fact that the Welsh medical community still diagnose the severity of an eating disorder in terms of bmi (low body weight). This entirely inadequate diagnostic tool all but disqualifies severe bulimics from accessing a level of help appropriate to their need.

Bulimia does not always cause low body weight. In fact, severe bulimics who consume huge quantities of high calorie, sugary food before purging are more likely to be slightly over-weight. This is because their body digests a percentage of the food they consume almost instantly.

Bulimia kills

Bulimia kills. It causes a range of chemical imbalances in the body which trigger cardiac arrest (stopping the heart) or brain damage.

Bulimia can also cause gastric rupture (rupture of the stomach), leading to death. Lung collapse, internal bleeding, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure; pancreatitis and perforated ulcers. Depression and suicide are a high cause of fatality in bulimics. The affects of binging and purging on an unborn child are brutal and irreversible.

This short film documents some of the fatalities resulting from bulimia nervosa. (There is another, far more brutal film at the end of this blog entry).


The physical affects of


Bulimia Nervosa

Electrolyte imbalance (Can lead to cardiac arrest, which can also result in brain damage by stroke.)
Damaging of the voice
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Teeth erosion and cavities, gum disease
Sialadenosis (salivary gland swelling)
Potential for gastric rupture during periods of binging
Esophageal reflux
Irritation, inflammation, and possible rupture of the esophagus
Laxative dependence
Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis
Emetic toxicity due to ipecac abuse
Swelling of the face and cheeks, especially apparent in the lower eyelids due to the high pressure of blood in the face during vomiting.
Callused or bruised fingers
Dry or brittle skin, hair, and nails, or hair loss
Muscle atrophy
Decreased/increased bowel activity
Digestive problems that may be triggered, including Celiac, Crohn’s Disease
Low blood pressure, hypotension
Orthostatic hypotension
High blood pressure, hypertension
Iron deficiency
Hormonal imbalances
High risk pregnancy, miscarriage, still-born babies
Elevated blood sugar or hyperglycemia
Weakness and fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cancer of the throat or voice box
Liver failure
Kidney infection and failure
Heart failure, heart arrhythmia, angina
Potential death caused by heart attack or heart failure; lung collapse; internal bleeding, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure; pancreatitis, gastric rupture, perforated ulcer, depression and suicide.




Bulimia in the UK: Fast facts


Approximately 1-2 percent of women in the UK suffer from bulimia.

Every year there are as many as 18 new cases of bulimia nervosa per 100,000 population per year.

Between 1 and 3 percent of young women are thought to be bulimic at any given moment in time.

According to some studies, as many as 8 percent of women suffer from bulimia at some stage in their life, and it affects about 5 percent of female college students.

People who have close relatives with bulimia are four times more likely to develop the disease than people who do not.

Studies indicate that about 5 out of 10 people with bulimia are healthy 10 years after diagnosis; while 2 out of 10 still have bulimia and 3 out of 10 are partially recovered.

Approximately 5 percent of bulimia sufferers go on to develop anorexia nervosa.


The final film/audio here really brings home the horror of death by of bulimia nervosa.
Please be aware that this film contains some graphic imagery and is explicit re. details of death. Although I am familiar with reading about stomach rupture and organ failure, I personally find the narrative deeply upsetting.
I spent a long time considering the merits of including such a film, and have decided to do so; because the majority of people who access this blog are sufferers and for them it may be of benefit. That said, I do not reccomend that everyone watch it.



Short film – anorexia nervosa

February 10, 2008

Anorexia, illness and addiction (short audio/film)

February 4, 2008

A short video aimed ar people who suffer from anorexia. Inspirational and pro-recovery. Copy and paste the link below:

eating disorders and self image…

January 23, 2008

What is beautiful?

For a thousand years in China, girls of six years old ritually bound their feet and broke their toes. The ideal female form was teeny-tiny feet (around three inches long). The crippling pain caused by this mutilation meant woman walked in small, unsteady steps termed the “lotus gait”. This way of walking was considered feminine and beautiful… Only working peasants had huge, ugly feet!

X-ray of bound feetThe manufactured concept of a beauty ideal has persisted throughout every age and culture. In the 19th century, European woman squeezed themsem.monroelves into tiny, hour-glass shaped corsets, inhibiting movement and breathing. From lead-based, poisonous make-up to cancer-inducing fake tan; from the size 16 curves of Marilyn Monroe to the heroin chic of Kate Moss; woman have always shaped, shaved and altered them to achieve a particular type of beauty.

The advancement of globalisation and technology means that our visual field is saturated by a glut of digitally enhanced, ‘perfect’ woman. The relentless, elusive demands of a beauty ideal which concentrates on a narrow range of culturally specific characteristics is devastating.

V.B. shoe You may not opt for cosmetic surgery or inject your face with botox, but chances are you have crammed your feet into painful stilettos or endured the agony of leg wax in an attempt to conform to today’s ideal. Even if you are not overweight, you have probably been on a diet.

We abandon “real” beauty…individualised, inclusive, diverse, global beauty which doesn’t depend upon achieving a specific skin tone, hair type or body shape… and for what? So we can all become clones of Posh Spice?

Does it Matter?

Girls have always enjoyed grooming and dressing up. Hair braiding (or straightening, or curling, or styling), are traditional ways for females to bond. But contemporary images of woman have usually been re-shaped, enhanced and cleaned up, creating an unattainable, unreal body image.

Comparing ourselves to this fake ideal can cause feelings of inadequacy, low self esteem and heartbreaking body distress.

In a recent UK survey, 7 out of 10 girls admitted that they refrain from activities they would enjoy because they feel self-conscious or uncomfortable about how they look.

body image female

Only 10 women in every 100 feel ok about their body shape.

Eating Disorders and Body Image

Eating disorders are not caused by super-thin models or size zero jeans… but the development of anorexia or bulimia is almost always precipitated by a period of dieting. Most specialists now believe that dieting is a pre-requisite for the development of an eating disorder… this means that young people who diet are at risk. And because younger and younger girls feel self-conscious and unhappy with their body weight, they diet…

It is nolonger unusual for girls as young as twelve to develop anorexia nervosa.

Check out the fabulous films which explore the concept of beauty at

Dove self Esteem film Gallery:

All comments welcome!

Wenna X