When someone says the word bulimia, it brings about a sort of taboo that most people are afraid to talk about. In reality, bulimia is the most common eating disorder affecting one to three percent of our population. It is described as a pattern of bingeing and purging. Someone with this eating disorder may eat up to 10,000 calories in one sitting and then use a variety of means to exit the food from their body including vomiting or abusing laxatives. This disease appears most often in adolescent girls faced with society's pressure to feel thin. The media plays a large role in this pressure by showing the glamorous lifestyles that characters on T.V. shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and The O.C. portray. Every character looks more beautiful and thinner than the last giving yourself next to impossible standards to compare yourselves too. The media isn't the only factor that may lead to bulimia though. Genetics, trauma, family among others are all factors that contribute to the disease.
Bulimia is far more common than we think. American Idol runner up, Katherine McPhee, told the world that she suffers from the eating disorder bulimia. McPhee became obsessed with her weight at age thirteen, and it has been an uphill battle for her ever since. Through auditioning for American Idol, she has had to learn to cope with multiple triggers including stress. She continued to lose weight throughout the season, and it became evident that McPhee wasn't healthy. She's now open about her condition and is advocating towards healthier lifestyles. It was really brave of McPhee to be so open about her personal life on such an open televised show. It opens the door for parents to talk to their children about eating disorders and the pressures that can cause them.
The link below tells about Katherine McPhee's bulimia struggles.