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In recent years there has been an increase in the number of cases of Bulimia Nervosa. The numbers have most dramatically increased for women in their thirties. With the pressures of being a single parent, family life, and raising children while you work, women are finding it harder and harder to cope.

For many women, becoming a single parent presents new challenges and excitement, but it can also be a source of great stress. There are important responsibilities associated with the parenting task; ones they must do alone. Some women will embrace this time of their life with enthusiasm and passion; others will feel lonely and depressed. It’s these negative feelings that can contribute to developing an eating disorder.

Although depression can lead to many addictions, it seems that a lot of people turn to food to fill the void they feel inside. As they start to consume vast quantities of food, those negative feeling start to disappear. The purge soon follows the binge in order to rid themselves of the food and the negative feelings. Unfortunately this is only a temporary fix. The binge/purge cycle will inevitably return once the negative feelings resurface.

Entering the work force after having a baby can also be very traumatic. Not only are there probably some guilty feelings about leaving a young child, there is a huge emphasis on appearance in today’s society. The message being conveyed is appearance is linked to success. The pressure to stay thin and fit while working long hours is enormous. Being new on the job again and having to prove you can balance work and family can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. Unfortunately, turning to food to ease these negative feelings is all too common. After realizing how much you have eaten, the purge follows to rid yourself of the guilt and calories. This cycle will continue until those negative feeling are addressed

There is a great deal of secrecy and shame surrounding bulimia. This is why it is so hard for people to seek help. When bulimia is developed later in life, it can continue for many years undetected. Many work places are now trying to increase the awareness around eating disorders. As the awareness increases, hopefully more people will be willing to seek help.