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Is Barbie-Doll-Like Look the Ideal Look? Root Cause of Bulimia

Aug 18, 2007
Bulimia, or bulimia nervosa, is a psychological eating disorder characterized by bouts of compulsive eating followed by efforts to undo the effects of the same by using improper means like induced vomiting, bouts of fasting, purging with laxatives/enema/diuretics, and compulsive exercising.

According to popular belief, the main cause for bulimia is the sociocultural pressures that impose on young women vulnerable minds that a Barbie-doll-like look is the ideal look. Not being able to emulate this ideal leads to a poor body image, the psychological trauma of which in turn leads to bulimia. Some psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc., are also known to contribute to bulimia.

What is not commonly known is that bulimia is not simply a psychological disorder; there is a biological and physiological factor too playing a role. Some people may be more genetically predisposed to bulimia than others, probably due to an imbalance in the brain chemicals that regulate hunger and food intake. It is the interplay among biological, psychological, genetic, familial and social factors that actually gives rise to bulimia.

Strong evidence exists that low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain, can contribute to bulimia. When the brain serotonin level is low, the body seeks it from an outside source (the food, especially rich carbohydrates and sugars). The body converts these sugars into tryptophan, which is the precursor of serotonin. This explains the uncontrolled craving for food and binge eating in bulimics.

The secret to fighting bulimia, therefore, lies in slowly triggering your body to produce higher levels of serotonin in situ. Some doctors try to treat bulimia with antidepressant drugs too, because low levels of serotonin have also been linked to depression. But drugs do not offer a permanent and completely safe solution to bulimia.

The best way to fight bulimia is to balance the brain chemicals through natural sources for example, by using the right kind of foods as medicine in order to invoke the amazing self-healing power of the body, without drugs and without doctors. It is, for example, found that bulimics suffer from nutritional deficiency of zinc, vitamin B complex and calcium. A serotonin-friendly diet plan should therefore incorporate foods that supply these nutrients in plenty.

Such a serotonin-friendly diet based on natural ingredients will go a long way in helping you fight bulimia on your own in a completely safe and natural way, without resorting to drugs and without the help of a doctor. Do not delay! Get rid of bulimia through the self-healing powers of your body, mind and spirit.
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Ksana Vera,recovered bulimic. Her voice carries a weight and authority with it that many others cannot offer. At her website you will discover how you can end your problem with Bulimia once and for all.http://www.cureforbulimia.com
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