Thursday, April 12, 2007

Academic Bulimia

Disturbing bulimia photo from lecture

Our final in Metabolism and Nutrition was today; it covered an interesting span of topics ranging from endocrinology, metabolic pathways (glycolysis, TCA, beta oxidation, ketogenesis, LDL, VLDL, etc.), diabetes mellitus, and obesity/weight management issues. Although I complained continually at first that these topics were completely unrelated to each other, there are links between each area (mainly insulin or lack thereof) that actually tie the curriculum together in a rather enlightened manner.
One of our later lectures on the theme of weight management involved discussions on eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Although nutrition has never interested me (the food pyramid can eat itself), I am fascinated by disorders in which perfectly normal girls (sorry for the sexism) starve themselves to death in a land of plenty.
Although I have never had any eating disorders, the cycle of binging and purging associated with bulimia seemed awfully familiar even as I was cramming that syllabus chapter into the small space between my ears. Periods of intense binging...and then a subsequent purging? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I realized that I have been a lifelong ACADEMIC bulimic since preschool. Like a circadian rhythm dictated by exam schedules, my life follows a regular cycle of compression (pain, stress, angst) and decompression (happiness, denial, sloth).
Here are some interesting posters on the medical consequences of anorexia and bulimia.


TruDestyni said...

i am just as perplexed as you as to the meaning behind starving oneself. you would think that at 34 i would certainly have more control over my life than this.. ((sigh)). starving, binging, purging... it's like this never ending roller coaster.. it's a ride that i just don't know how to get off of..

be thankful that you don't need to starve, binge or purge... because it's not glamorous.. it's embarrassing... and frustrating... and above all.. shameful..


Clipshore said...

The effects of bulimia were explained clearly in this article along with the pictures.This helps to have more control on our life then rather living it.

with thanks
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