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Have you ever been afraid of gaining weight and feeling unaccepted by society? If the answer is a definite yes, you must be very careful. The fear of gaining weight and the need to have a perfect body has led many down the self-destructive pathway of bulimia. This is a secretive eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of excessive eating, followed by self-induced vomiting to rid the body of food. Bulimics also frequently use laxatives, diuretics, and diet pills to reduce their weight. Recently this disorder has been linked to physical conditions, but the real problem lies within the person’s emotional well-being. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the main causes of bulimia which are cultural influence, worthless feelings, and stressful events in life.
The first cause of bulimia is cultural influence. Everywhere we look there are pictures, advertisements, and programs with thin and sometimes emaciated people which send the message that “thin is in.” The media, fashion industry, and society norms tell us that we must look this way to be desirable, successful, and…