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BULIMIA NERVOSA: It's Enough to Make You PUKE!

Updated on April 28, 2013
According to Kate Moss
According to Kate Moss | Source
It's Enough to Make You Sick!
It's Enough to Make You Sick! | Source

Eating Disorders: In The Beginning..


Photoshopped visions of beauty un-flawed,

Deep in her heart and her psyche they gnawed.

Feeling un-pretty, un-worthy - and fat,

Deciding it's high time to deal with that.


Fad diets embarked on, each taking too long,

The craving for food - and for chewing - so strong.

Goals based in betrayal, yet attain them she will,

Soon naught else exists - as she barrels downhill!


Time and again, a race down the hall,

No one can find her - won't answer your call!

Now full-blown bulimic - she purges and binges,

While deep down inside, her self-esteem cringes!

Society's Disease
Society's Disease | Source

Eating Disorders: The Result...


Rotted teeth and bloated, vessels break in haunted eyes,

Trapped helpless in The Cycle - can see her own demise!

Harder now to hide it - guilt and shame it's daily bread,

Self-respect and dignity? It doth nary leave a shred!


Once a happy little girl, with a future shining bright,

Peeked inside a magazine, and found she wasn't right.

Impressionable and young - she tried a secret trick,

Bulimia Nervosa - It's enough to make you SICK!


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      William L Robb 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very good article some feeling in it

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WilliamLRobb: Thank you sir! Yes, feeling it! Watching the Olympics and...remembering the pressure to stay skinny! Luckily - i was a miserable failure at this dangerous weight loss method - which truly annoyed me at the time..lol

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      Terry Chestnutt 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Sad. No idea what the answer to that one is. Maybe a lot of confidence building attention. Hard to come by, though.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      On it. I hope some of my followers are reading your articles

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      'Once a happy little girl, with a future oh, so bright,'

      So poignant. Why did it all go wrong?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Mhatter99: Hi, M! I hope so too! Thanks!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Phoenix2327: Societal pressure? She took up ballet or gymnastics? Lack of self esteem? Who knows what the 'trigger' is, but the end result can be devastating. I saw it first hand when 2 olympic level gymnasts were sent home because their bulimia controlled them - not vice versa! They weren't skinny either..it's a fallacy that bulimics are skinny unless they are anorexic as well..

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, so very beautifully written and so true .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Kashmir56: Thank you, Kashmir!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so true. Magazines full of skinny girls, a young girl looks at the pictures, then begins to diet, finally starving, then learning to purge. This is such a familiar story. I had a friend who would chew the bite then spit it out. She was not a teen, she was in her 30's. Great piece of writing..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Alwaysexploring: Exactly ! It's a cycle that starts out seemingly innocently enough! People have to know the signs early - before it's too late and it ruins a life! Thanks for taking the time, Always!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      society puts the stigma of weight on the young girls, who have enough pressure from self esteem issues. great informative poetry K.

      love ya girl.

      michael

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      Joseph A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

      nice one, you never shy away from the more grrrish topics, I like that!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cleaner3: love ya too, M! Thanks for taking the time!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @AKTurner: Grrrrrrish? I like that! lol. Honestly, AK - i wish i could write 'flowers and rainbows', but what seems to need to come out is more 'psycho society' lol...(psycho society...hmmmm...i like that too...)

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      Jessica 4 years ago

      Nicely done, ImKarn. Sad topic, but one that needs the awareness. The price of being thin for some is destruction of their own bodies. I would give just about anything to lose this weight, but not that. I will do it the hard way, long way... Thanks for sharing!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jessica: Hi, Jessica! So nice to see you! It's all about lifestyle - not dieting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A powerful message! Bulimia sounds as bad as heavy drugs. Thanks for sharing this disturbing yet important information.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Rebeccamealey: All addictions are drugs, yes? Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca (my daughters middle name...)

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      Sheila Luecht 4 years ago

      Well done! This is a topic which resonates with many. Growing up is hard enough without this kind of influence.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sheilaluecht: Thanks, Sheila! I was very surprised when HP's unpublished it and am VERY happy they changed their minds! I did change all the pictures, as they were 'pixilated', but, that didn't change the 'adult content' in any way - and in fact - the original photo still shows up when posted on social media sites!

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. Well, well, well my friend you have conveyed a most powerful and meaningful message. I have Tweeted this and will share on FB. Honestly, as a dad to 3 adult girls my eyes are filled with tears in thanksgiving they never experienced this horrible affliction. On a positive note I am glad to see the great Google ads on this post. You do have a way with words Ms. L.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 4 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      Yeah it got posted!!! Your message is well heard around the globe via this and that Missy L.!!!! Your poem was worth the fight to get published!!! xoxo

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Picadilly: I can't think of a nicer compliment! Thank you, missy P!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Leslie,.. you said it like it is.. magazines make me sick with these perfect women that are not really perfect and these poor young women get in thier heads they do not look good enough or skinny enough.. Great poem .. I loved it.. sharing

      Debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Pagesvoice: Appreciate your support, D! Big time! I'm shocked they 'allowed' advertising on this..something strange here..don't know why pulled - don't know why re pub'ed - don't know why there's advertising..hmmm..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: Coming from you, Deb - HUGE compliment! Thank you dear - we need to 'share' more!

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      You really nailed this one by painting such a vivid picture of something that is worse than a disease....an addiction with images seen through twisted eyes. Fantastic! Up and Awesome. WB

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WayneBrown: honored that you took the time, Wayne! Thanks for the support! Hey...i thought we were already each other's 'followers'...lol...better late than never, eh?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a couple students who suffered from this....one almost died.....thank you for bringing this to the attention of everyone here....no, it is no laughing matter.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Billybuc: Couldn't agree more, Bill!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Wow! you certainly hit this one on the head, so, so true! so many little girls see those pictures and just think they are real, feeling fat and ugly they start to binge and bring it back up, so sad and so unnecessary these days, when there is so much help out there, saying that when the stupid companies who airbrush every model and celeb insist on hiding their heads in the sand, what the heck are the kids supposed to do? voted up and awesome, nell

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Nellrose: Thanks for stopping by, Nell! I agree with you...obviously!

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      GOAH 4 years ago

      Don't know why I thought I had read this... thumbs way up... still sometimes as I am enjoying something I shouldn't be eating I wish I had the nerve to try to throw it up...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @GOAH: gave it the old college try in oregon - it takes more than nerve - it takes skills i clearly didn't have...thank goodness..

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Sad and even more that it's on the increase. I run an account on twitter @Care4Anorexics and will tweet this a few times. Thanks for writing.

      I partly blame the inventor of "air brushing."

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Lady_E: I know you do - i've seen your tweets a few times! Thank you dear!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Brilliant writing... Societal Pressure .... the indirect boss of parental and many forms of pressure can be devastating...

      Nice piece of work my friend

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Rahul0324: Thank you, Rahul! So nice to see you, and - your comment is soooo true! Please...come again, my friend!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning again ImKarn23... what a shame it is that we have seen this happen in our younger generation. Often brought on by the images portrayed on TV and the media.

      Thank you for writing this... well done and voted up and away...

      Hugs from Alberta (BC still)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @RollyAChabot: Alberta, BC???? I know i'm bad at geography, but - not THAT bad..lol..

      Anywho..thanks for the visit and the vote, Rolly..

      (lol)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie...this hub is so good I had to visit again.. I wish this problem did not exist but it does..

      sharing with the world..

      Debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: We aim to please, gf! Visit anytime you choose - the cyber-hub-door's always open! lol

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Leslie,

      "Goals based in betrayal, yet attain them she will"

      I thought of Karen Carpenter . What a waste of life and talent.

      Voted up and awesome

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Nice and a practical hub with a very relevant topic. votes up and away

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sueswan: Perfect analogy, Sue! Such a sad, sad, sad story! Such talent and such horrible self-image! You said it - what a waste! And, she isn't the only one...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Dghbrh: Thank you. Interestingly, hubpages didn't want to publish it! They said it was too much 'adult' content! I had to fight for it to be published in the first place - then they made me change the pictures - and finally they disabled any advertising - as they have on almost HALF of my hubs! Sigh..I guess i should write more love stories and learn to make paper guitars...lol

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      Excellent, very well done, educational... if slightly nauseating Hub. :) Sharing.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @HLPhoenix: 'slightly nauseating'....(that'd funny, even tho the subject is far from...)..

      Thanks for taking the time to read, comment - and SHARE!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This would leave such an impression on those who are bulemics...

      Leslie, You have a way of succinctly expressing the issue in a powerful and authentic manner.

      In this case, I am grateful you were a miserable failure.

      Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Marcoujor: I think parents/schools/whatever are missing something...we need to teach REAL LIFE - along with a little sentence structure..lol..

      but seriously - It's ridiculous - critical thinking seems to be frowned upon - and self-esteem is allowed to shrink while egos expand to monstrous proportion! Love you AND your support and encouragement, Maria! I hope you know i feel the same...

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Leslie my dear....this hub hits home on so many levels.. wanting to be thin so bad.. or eating everything in site.. with screwed up brains.. and TV and advertising telling us we have to be thin ... to be accepted.. in this screwy world..

      great hub my dear

      sharing

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: Good morning, my friend! It hits home for me as well - having witnessed the devastation personally..(from other's experiences - not my own thankfully..)..

      Merry Christmas to you, Deb - i accept you as you are - perfectly YOU!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Girl, you are a real powerhouse. What a great write. You've got more attitude and sass than anyone I know. Voted up and awesome.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Irc7815: Lol..funny you should mention that - one of my nicknames besides : Lelly, Lesyl, and Essie - was Sassy..

      odd, don't you think, Linda? Lol...

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Leslie, once upon a time ago, the perfect woman was voluputous and curvy. Now they have fake boobs and all their bones sticking out. I wonder what today's man prefers? Might be worth taking a poll!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bravewarrior: Hi, Shauna!! So good to see you...been away for a week and down with the flu since..

      i think you read the poem i wrote called 'the endomorph's lament'?..i did a lot of research of body types about 2 years ago - and let me tell you - MEN PREFER A LITTLE MEAT ON THE BONE - and most prefer au naturale as well..

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's a relief - then I certainly qualify! Tee hee!!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sickening but oh so true! Do we blame the media for this poor girl's mentality? I guess, education is the key.

      So speaking of education, I'm spreading the words...voted up and passing along this good hub.

      Thanks.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @CrisSp: Hi, CrisSp! The media is definitely to blame - partially...

      i was a gymnast that trained 6 hrs/day - and - it was rampant in that arena as well..

      society is another factor - men seem to be allowed to be larger and age more gracefully - where as women are judged at every, um - curve...

      i agree - educate - and start young! i truly feel that one of the biggest favors i ever did my kids was to NOT burden them with eating issues. i never owned a scale and didn't care if they 'finished everything on their plates'..

      my motto is eat when you're hungry - stop when you're not - the time on the clock is not a factor..

      its simple - and it's worked for me for over 50 years..

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      What an awesome job of putting a modern spin, cool beat and passion into an oh so important subject. I absolutely loved this! Thumbs up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Cantuhearmescream: Lol...you keep up all those compliments - my head won't fit thru the hub-door!

      LOL..

      (that means thanks in I'mKar'n lingo!)

      So glad you enjoyed!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      ImKarn23,

      Well I don't want to make you look like a bobble head :-).

      I'm just glad I finally stumbled across your pages; I'm looking forward to reading as many as I can. Your super funny and quick-witted!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      ImKarm23,

      A powerful message that I think needs to be less taboo and considered more serious then it is. I actually just finished up a chapter on eating disorders in my psychology class. It is interesting but very sad how some people can feel this way, no matter how they look.... Voted up

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bizarrett81: I agree, dear - but - it is the individual WITH the bulimia who is usually the most secretive about it! That's what makes it tough - the shame, the hiding, the lies..

      Sigh..

      So good of you to drop by! Please - come again!

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      Lisa J Warner 4 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      It is a sad thing, which you have helped take out of the closet...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Lisa: Thank you Luv!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      It is a truly sad thing that many go through, its truly sad that people can't see what they are doing to themselves.

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