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Bulimia – More Common Than You Thought

**Edited re-post from a facebook note I wrote last year**

Are you feeling stressed out this time of year? Tired due to lack of sleep? Have your eating habits drastically changed? Experiencing weight fluctuations within a short time period? Spending more time in isolation feeling depressed? Has your self-esteem fallen thinking you’re not good enough like other role models you see? Going through long periods of time without ingesting anything then suddenly binging and purging in a span of two weeks like there’s no tomorrow?

I’m not talking about food here. I’m talking about binging and purging INFORMATION.

If you experience all of the above symptoms, then I’m sorry to say that you have ACADEMIC BULIMIA.

DIAGNOSIS

Academic bulimia is common among undergraduate students affecting both males and females equally. However younger students in the IB program have also shown similar behaviour patterns. Typically the student goes through an entire semester neglecting most of his or her coursework until “final exam” season. During this two-week period the student absorbs huge amounts of information from books and lecture notes at astonishing rates, aka cramming. On the day of the final exam the student slowly expels all the information he or she has managed to memorize. After several minutes of what did u get for #3? and how many words did u write for #5?, the student walks home retaining very little memory of the course.

These series of unfortunate incidences are caused by one’s desire to fit in and conform to expectations of high grades set by others. By others I mean one’s parents. The misinformed student believes that failure will lead to horrendous consequences which explains why he or she goes through such extreme lengths to meet those demands.

PROGNOSIS

It is very encouraging that this affliction lasts for only 2 weeks and future incidences of academic bulimia are very predictable. After final exam season, the student starts socializing with everyone else again and will binge on alcohol this time as opposed to information. Often the student will discard all class notes and start selling textbooks if he or she decides not to burn them. This cycle lasts until one obtains a Bachelor’s Degree. Exceptions include those seeking entry into medical school. Only the best bingers and purgers are accepted and even then, they will have to take their binging and purging to a whole new level for another 4 to 8 years.

TREATMENT

If you see a friend or stranger exhibiting at least one of the above-mentioned symptoms, don’t hesitate to interrupt them. After all, who wants to lie in bed sick with the flu because he or she didn’t get enough sleep? You can start by directing them to this blog where I deconstruct society’s misconceptions that one has to sacrifice everything to live up to others’ high expectations. So take your studious friend outside, enjoy the sunshine and not talk about the different functions of the 12 cranial nerves or the structures of each amino acid. Ask that cute girl or guy sitting across from you in the library out to lunch so they won’t feel like a social outcast. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d pick a hot date night over a cramming session any day.

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Categories: Education, Humour
  1. Lu
    December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    HAHA!

    Sounds like me except cut out the parent part :P. Taking 6 courses (upper level, but I guess this wouldn’t make too much of a difference) was a stupid idea because I never needed to cram like this before.

    What courses are you taking? Cranial nerves and AAs sounds like stuff I’m taking too.

    You can come to Ayce sushi w/ us next Tues night ;P

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