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November 24, 2009


Eating Disorders Special points of interest: Do you know someone that may be suffering from an eating disorder? Do you know how to identify an ED? Do you know how to get help for yourself or some else that has an ED?

Bulimia Nervosa Hospitalizes 12 year old girl* In Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 2009 Lanie Basdin, a twelve year old who loves to dance and sing was hospitalized for Bulimia Nervosa. For months, Lanie‟s parents suspected something was wrong with their daughter; running to the bathroom constantly, abnormally bad breath and she was losing weight at a rapid pace. It wasn't until they found her non responsive on Monday morning that they realized what was going on.

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Is Bulimia real?

Inside this issue:

What is Anorexia?


Bulimia Vs. Anorexia


Binge Eating


Men Suffer From Eating Disorders?


Do You Know Someone With an ED?


At Lakeshore Middle School where Lanie was a 7th grader, a few of her schoolmates and teachers were interviewed. They were asked a few simple questions such as if they had recognized any changes Lanie was going through or if she seemed different during class. Lanie‟s Math teacher, Mrs. Carter Fox said “ I knew something was strange when Carter‟s habits changed; she started being less talkative, I would see her leaving her friends after lunch and go

to the bathroom. And after a while of these habits, she developed dark circles under her eyes” Lanie‟s parents, Nicholas and Kim Basdin have been concerned about their only child for months now. Kim says the first time she noticed something different with her daughter was when she constantly saw her staring in the mirror, just look at her reflection, sometimes playing with a little bit of skin. From a health standpoint, Lanie‟s parents say that she has never been over-weight, but always has maintained a healthy body and healthy habits. On the morning of November 2, 2009 Kim Basdin was going into her daughter‟s room for a routine 6:30 wake up just like she does every morning before school. But, this time was different. Kim found her daughter nonresponsive but still with a pulse, she quickly called 911 then called her husband who

had left for work only a few minutes before. As of now, Lanie is doing much better, she is on her way back to a healthy weight and has restored most of the fluids she lost over the past few months. Lanie‟s pediatrician, Dr. Nathalie Miller, says “Lanie was very lucky her mother found her on that morning. But, it is so imperative that parents, even when they suspect the slightest thing, that they get their child help, the earlier, the better. I don't believe in waiting for treatment, sometimes parents say „Oh I will wait until she‟s ready‟, no, she might not ever be ready, but her body is ready right now.”

*all of the names in this story are completely made up By Imon Stevenson

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa is an Eating Disorder in which sufferers consume mass quantities of food followed by compensatory behaviors. Such as, purging, fasting, abusing laxatives and over exercising. According to, Bulimia affects approximately 1 percent to 3 percent of adoles-

cents in the United States, with the illness usually beginning in late adolescence or early adult life. Also, according to, Bulimia is much more common in females than in males. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with bulimia are male. However, recent studies have shown that incidence and prevalence rates

are increasing among males. By Imon Stevenson

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What is Anorexia? Anorexia literally translates to lack of desire to eat.

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Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric illness which effects ones mind and body. Different from Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia is described by low body weight, body image distortion and an obsessive fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia nervosa control their body weight by essentially starving themselves.

they may be able to hold a job and maintain some superficial relationships but remain very focused on food and weight. They remain underweight. The final 20% stay dangerously underweight. They are seen frequently in emergency rooms, mental health clinics, inpatient hospital units, and eating disorder treatment programs.

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By Imon Stevenson

According to, Anorexia statistics show that with treatment, only 60% of anorexics make a full recovery. About 20% make a partial recovery, meaning that

Bulimia Vs. Anorexia Although Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa are very similar eating disorders, many people get them confused. “who invented size zero? who was it who promised that if you got to a certain point you would no longer be?”

Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by eating large amounts of food, then finding a way to get rid of it, whether that is by self purging (maybe using a toothbrush to gag yourself), using laxatives and over exercising. Some might ask, how on earth can you over exercise? Isn‟t exercising good for you? The answer

to that is, yes, exercising is definitely good for you, to a certain point. Exercising to the point of extreme exhaustion and over exerting yourself can actually be very harmful to your body. Also, a person who is over– exercising and is Bulimic wouldn't be exercising for their health, but in hopes of losing weight and appearing skinnier.

your body doesn't have any food to burn energy, it starts to use your body fats and muscles to function daily. By Imon Stevenson

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by ones lack of eating. Anorexics literally starve themselves. When

- david levithan

Binge Eating Binge Eating, is a pattern of eating which contains episodes of uncontrollable eating. Such as, eating mass quantities of food, sometimes 4 or 5,000 calories at a time. Binge eating is typically linked to Bulimia, bulimics binge eat then find some way to get rid of the food, however, binge eaters might very well keep the food in them.

The reason people binge eat according to is, to hide from their emotions, to fill a void they feel inside, and to deal with daily stresses and problems in their lives. Binging can be used as a way to keep people away, to unknowingly keep an overweight appearance to „cater to society's sad stigma‟ "if I'm fat, no one will like me”. As with Bulimia, Binging can also be

used as self-punishment for doing "bad" things, or for feeling badly about themselves. There are currently about 1.5 Caption describing picture or million binge eaters graphic. in America. By Imon Stevenson

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Men Have Eating Disorders? When someone thinks of an eating disorder, the picture of a skinny girl typically comes in mind. But, now more than ever men are developing eating disorders. According to, there are approximately 7 million girls and women struggle with eating disorders, and about 1 million boys and men who suffer from some type of eating disorder. According to the book, Males with Eating Disorders by Arnold E. Andersen. Even though women who develop Eating Disorders think they are fat before their disorder develops, they tend to be close to average weight. Men, on the other

hand tend to be over the average weight before they develop their disorder. Also, men who are binge eaters or compulsive overeaters may be unseen compared to women, because society is willing to accept a man who over eats/is overweight than a woman who over eats/ is overweight.

By Imon Stevenson

Are you developing an Eating Disorder? There probably isn't a day that goes by that someone says that they wish they “could just lose five pounds” or, “I wish I could get rid of this flab”. But, who doesn't think that? It gets serious when a person thinks about just not eating for a long period of time and actually follows through with it. Or, if a person consumes thousands and thousands of calories then barfs it all up. A person might say to their self, “Oh its just this once, this one time is all”, but, that is how things turn in from

one time to two times to three to never stopping.

developing an eating disorder or they have been suffering from one.

If you or someone you know is developing an Eating Disorder, you must get help! It might not seem like the best option, but it is. Even if its just talking to someone you trust or talking to a person, it‟ll turn out for the better.

“People don´t see me. No one sees me. It´s like being fat. No one takes you seriously. You just don´t exist-you´re so big, you´re not even there.”

If you start thinking these extreme thoughts or if someone you know says something like the following, it can be assumed that they either are

- anonymous “An imperfect body reflects an imperfect person…” - anonymous By Imon Stevenson

“I breathe in slowly. Food is

life. I exhale, take another breath. Food is life. And that's the problem. When you're alive, people can hurt you. It's easier to crawl into a bone cage or a snowdrift of confusion. It's easier to lock everybody out. But it's a lie.” - Laurie Halse Anderson

“News Always Ho t and Always Fast�

MICDS Imon Stevenson Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School 101 N. Warson Road St. Louis, MO 63124

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Photograph. Self Induced Vomiting. Web. 23 Nov. 2009. <http://>. Photograph. Laurie Toby Edison Photographer. 13 May 2009. Web. 24 Nov. 2009. <>. Males With Eating Disorders by Arnold E. Andersen, M.D. London: BrunnerRoutledge, 1990. Print.

For More Information Eating Disorders are a serious illness to overcome. If you or someone you know is suffering from an ED, please get help. For more information you can contact the following:

Elizabeth Clark, MSW, LCSW Upper School Counselor at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Email: S. William Walters, MA, Helpline Supervisor for the National Eating Disorders Association (206)382-3587 McCallum Place 231 W. Lockwood Ave., Ste 201 St. Louis, MO 63119 314-968-1900

Visit: http:// www.nationaleatingdisord

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