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Bulimia is a metabolic disorder?

Posted Sep 12 2008 10:40am

I know, I know, I'm a reflexively mechanistic thinker who is always looking for the Eureka explanation and a magic pill. But you have to admit this is interesting: "Bulimia may result from hormonal imbalance."

"'We have shown that one third of female bulimics have metabolic disorders that may explain the occurrence of the eating disorder. These disorders may in certain cases express the hormonal constitution of the patient, rather than any mental illness', says Dr Sabine Naessen about the research results that are presented in her doctoral thesis."

Now, mind you, we'd already know this was true if people with eating disorders were routinely given thorough medical testing. But just as it took us until the 1980s to figure out that ulcers were caused by a bacteria and not "stress," so are we in 2006 still blaming the victims.

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