By kakent, Updated
HL111 story about bulimia.
Best friends, Ginny and Hermione, just scored their first parts in the school play and they couldn’t be more excited.
While Ginny keeps exceeding and can memorizing her lines, Hermione struggles with her self-confidence and seeks to find a way out.
Ginny is so caught up in the stardom of the play that she fails to notice that her friend is dropping weight in a very short amount of time.
Ginny decides to check up on Hermione and have lunch with her. She notices that Hermione is eating more than usual but quickly excuses herself to the bathroom after the meal where she throws up her meal.
Now, Ginny started to fear that her friend’s actions would cause disruption of order. Consumed by her thoughts of what Hermione was doing to herself, Ginny decided to do research on bulimia and to consult a health professional.
Ginny learned that 3% of adolescents and young women are bulimic. She found out that it stems from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If a family has a history of obesity, an underlying anxiety disorder, or an imbalance in neurotransmitters, there is a higher chance of being bulimic.
“I think my friend is bulimic but I’m not sure what that entails."
“Well, bulimia is when someone binge eats and then engages in a kind of purging such as vomiting or taking laxatives to lose the calories they have just consumed."
With her new knowledge that without treatment, 20% of people with eating disorders die from it, Ginny lost focus on the play and wanted nothing more than to help Hermione with her eating disorder.
She went to see Hermione and talked to her about how she can get help. She covered that you should know the facts, be honest and caring, and ultimately you should tell someone. She also gave her the helpline phone number in case she wanted to give it a shot.
With the help of Ginny, Hermione was able to consume little bits of food without throwing up. She wasn’t cured, but with the help of other professionals, she was on the right track. She also was able to perform in the play with her best friend.
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