Friday, April 25, 2014

Health Scenario 5: Min Jung

Scenario 5 - Min Jung 

1) What physical signs of an eating disorder is Min Jung developing?
The physical signs of an eating disorder that Min Jung is developing are eating a lot of junk food, and eating a lot during meal time. Not only that, but also seeming like she's gaining weight but sometimes losing weight. Moreover, it was told that she ate with her friends at lunch, but noticed that she went somewhere to spend time by herself which is probably going to the bathroom to vomit her food that she just consumed. 

2) What emotional/mental/behavioral signs of an eating disorder is Min Jung developing?
She felt like she had no control in her life, and felt isolated and alone. Moreover, she thought that she didn't have anyone to talk to about her feelings. She also uses mother's laxative pills after meals, and overall feels bad. 

3) What eating disorder do you think she has?
Due to all these reasons, I came to a conclusion to believe that an eating disorder she has is bulimia. 

4) What other signs of the eating disorder (not mentioned in the story) could you look out for?
Probably Anorexia Nervosa due to the reason that often Bulimia and anorexia happens together for similar reasons. For example, they are both afraid of becoming overweight, low self esteems, guilt, depression. As you can see, they both have similar reasons of occurring, but it's that anorexics don't eat and vomit (that's why they are underweight), when bulimics eat a lot then vomit (hard to see who ar bulimics, since they are usually in normal weight). 
Yet, bulimia and anorexia have very different effects on their body. Anorexics suffer from low immune system, weakness, bone density loss, low blood pressure, liver failure, as well as other organ failure due to the lack of nutrition. Whereas bulimia are more onto the digestive system due to vomiting too frequently. Not only that, but bulimics often suffer from severe stomach cramps, acid, inflammation of stomach, and tooth decay. 

5) Where can Min Jung get help?
Min Jung can get help from the doctor, and have a healthier relationship with food. Not only that, but friends could also help her, as well as her parents. There are many places where she  can get help, just that's it's their choice whether to get it or not. However, I believe that the best place to go first is to the doctor since they are always there willing to help you in the easiest ways. 

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