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Am I Too Fat?: Bulimia as an Epidemic

For at least the past ten years, eating disorders have had a major impact in the physical and mental health of women, particularly young women. Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa are closely linked eating disorders. Anorexia often precedes bulimia. However, there are about 2 million women in college that have been exclusively bulimic. In this article, we focus on the role of college-peer pressure on the dynamics of anorexia-free bulimia. The model looks at bulimia as a progressive disease and explores the impact of intervention (treatment) at two stages of disease progression. The impact of relapse (a common occurrence among bulimics) is taken into account. Extensions and connections to anorexia are discussed.

  • Poster session award recipient at the 2001 AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego, CA

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Beverly Gonzalez, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emilia Huerta-Sanchez, Mills College-Oakland
Angela Ortiz-Nieves, Universidad Metropolitana-Cupey
Terannie Vazquez-Alvarez, Universidad Metropolitana-Cupey
Project supervisor: Christopher Kribs-Zaleta, University of Texas-Arlington