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He had been bullied in high school because of his weight, so he began to exercise at least five hours each day. Afterward he gorged on pizza, fried foods, and sugary snacks and then forced himself to vomit. At one point he lost so much weight that staff members at a gym banned him from the facility, but he just found another place to exercise. Although his family suspected that 51 Bulimia he had an eating disorder, Spencer continued to deny it and attempted to hide his emaciated body by wearing baggy track suits.

Ellsworth developed the disorder when she was fourteen years old. ” But over the next few years she began drinking heavily and realized that all the calories in alcohol were causing her to gain weight. So, her solution was to starve herself during the day and binge, purge and drink at night, which left her feeling physically and emotionally sick. Ellsworth continued on this downward spiral throughout high school. In addition to bingeing, purging, and drinking, she began using ” 54 What Are the Risks of Bulimia?

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 1 million males in the United States suffer from either anorexia or bulimia. • In a 2011 study of sixteen thousand children by Taiwanese researchers, 15 percent of thirteen- to fifteen-year-olds and nearly 16 percent of ten- to twelve-year-olds said they had tried vomiting to lose weight in the past year. • A 2011 study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that teens from various racial backgrounds, including Asian Americans and Latinos, practiced extreme food-related behaviors, such as vomiting and laxative abuse, two to ten times more often than white teens.

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