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Eating disorders Page 1
This week's cover story takes an in-depth look at
the eating disorder bulimia that is reaching epidemic
levels at colleges nationwide as well as here at the
University. Find out how and why people are prom-
pted to starve themselves or even force themselves to
habitually binge and vomit. Cover photo by Deborah
Motor City jams Page 3
Find out about one of Detroit's favorite radio
station's third annual Motor City Jam. WRIF presen-
ts several local favorites as well as the ever-popular
True hommes Page 4
Take a peek at the angry male quartet Violent
Femmes. In an interview featured this week they
reveal why they like to project an image of violent
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The University Musical Society opens its 1983-84
season with the international dance troup Ballet
Nacional Espanol Wednesday night at the Power
Center. Just because you no habla Espanol doesn't
mean you won't enjoy el bailando Espanol.
The mystery of Martin Page 6
Will the real Martin Guerre please stand up? In
director Daniel Vigne's film of this historical
mystery, Gerald Depardieu attempts to prove to his
wife, family, and the courts of 16th century France,
that he is indeed the real Martin Guerre.
Happenings Pages 7-10
Your guide to fun times for the coming week in Ann
Arbor. Film capsules, music previews, theater notes,
and bar dates, all li'sted in a handy-dandy, day-by-
day schedule. Plus a weekly feature on your favorite
zreiakas b ounty Page 11
Sunday 'mornings, notorious for hangovers and
tired students in search of mounds of delicious food
on their day of rest from dorm slop, is sacred at.
Angelo's. Located at the corners of Glen and
Catherine, Angelo's offers the best in breakfast
feasting and guarantees pleasure to the
pickiest of eaters.
Vast wasteland Page 12
Big Country produces a melange of lacking guitar
riffs on their latest release, The Crossing. Although
the group has performed musical magic before, they
just can't pull it off in their newest album.
The roots of feminism Page 13
Gloria Steinem pulls together her thoughts and
views on everything from activism to politics to
motherhood in this insightful collection of essays. For
more on Steinem take a peek at this week's review of
her new book, Outrageous Acts and Everyday
social pressuresat college, she said.
R OLES FOR women today are
more complex than they were in
the 1960s and 1970s, said Kronberg.
Women used to go to college to get their
"M-r-s" degrees, but today women
have choices, and in most cases must
pave their own paths.
But for a bulimic who has had her
whole life prescribed for her by her
family, choices are terrifying.
"They are overwhelmed by fears of
failure because their families have
never taught them to work on them-
selves. Their worth as people was
always measured according to their
achievements," said Kronberg.
Sally, and LSA junior, came from an
achievement-oriented family that
always emphasized dieting. She
remembers being a "toothpick" in
junior high school, but when her body
started to develop, instead of
welcoming her feminine curves, her
family told her she was fat.
Sally (not her real name) had a 4.0
gradepoint average in high school and
her father encouraged her to diet and.
pursue a career in modeling. After
losing weight she landed a top modeling
position with a major department store
in her home town.
"I was the golden girl in my family. I
was going to achieve. I was going to be
the top model. I was going to be a
straight "A" student," she said.
After her first year in college, Sally
left school to concentrate on modeling,
and during that time, she became
severely bulimic. Alternating between
gorging, vomiting, and starving, her 5
foot 8 inch frame became emaciated at
110 pounds. Everyone told her she
looked great-her agent wanted her to
lose more weight-but she felt
"It got to the point where I would stay
home all day and that's all I would do.
Ken Castagna: Head of the University's eating disorder clinic
Friday. September 23, 1983
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berg, who treats bulimics at the Human
Growth Center in Ann Arbor.
After several months of therapy,
Sally gave up modeling and learned to
adopt a more flexible attitude about her
achievements and her body.
But even with therapy, change comes
slowly. Bulimics view the world in
black and white terms. They see them-
selves as fat or thin, good or bad.
Trying to convince a bulimic, who
cringes at words like "average" or
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bulimia, said she used to spend about
$15 a day on food for binges.
"Stupid people aren't bulimics," said
Kilinski, an LSA junior. "It takes a cer-
tain amount of intelligence. It takes
something up there to figure it out. You
have to be crafty and careful when you
are binging and purging because you
don't want people to find out."
Before she was asked to leave the
sorority, Kilinski was throwing up
several times a day, but in January she
decided to stop, she says, and was able
to slowly cut down the number of
"It's a very tense situation because
you can't tell a bulimic to stop, because
they won't," said Kilinski.
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staying thin, than with the damage they
are doing to their bodies by vomiting.
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I'd go and eat everything in the
refrigerator and make myself vomit,"
"It was a habit so much for me that
throwing up was no big ordeal. I'd just
eat something and I could make myself
vomit just by thinking about it. It was
"For me vomiting was almost like
going to the bathroom," she said. It
didn't matter whether she was at a
restaurant or with friends, she could
throw up anywhere.
Sallysaid" bulimia, which causes
blood sugar levels to drop, calmed her
nerves but it also disrupted her life.
If she'd wake up feeling fat the mor-
ning after a binge, she would cancel ap-
pointments or lunch dates. She became
isolated and lonely.
Soon the cycle escalated to the point
that she was abusing diuretics,
laxatives-a half package of Exlax
daily-and swallowing a bottle of Syrup
of Ipecac to induce vomiting.
"I'd wake up on Sunday, go to the
store, buy donuts, eat everything when
no one was home. I'd have taken
laxatives the night before. It was a
whole routine," she said.
Eventually Sally, who says she now
regrets the time she wasted letting her
food obsession run her life, sought
therapy. She realized that the problem
wasn't eating, but the issues under-
neathshe was running away from.
"Vomiting is a real metaphor for
'life just makes me sick,' "said Kron-
"mediocre" not to be so hard on herself
can be tedious work, said Kronberg,
who plans to set up a hotline from
Although each bulimic has very dif-
ferent individual problems, almost
every woman Kronberg has seen repor-
ts feeling extraordinarily empty. At a
university of 35,000 students, which can
seem very lonely and fragmented, the
women are worried they don't fit in
Instead of working on friendships,
however, bulimia keeps them isolated
and they avoid threatening social
situations. Dating men can be
especially troubling for bulimics, who
often have grown up with little support
from their fathers.
Bulimia also is an expensive and
time-consuming habit. The average
binge costs about $8.50, according to a
national study by Dr. Craig Johnson at
the- Michael Reese Medical Center in
Hours are spent planning. and
executing abinge often leaving little
time left for studying. For women
living in dormitories or sororities, it in-
volves careful planning to ensure there
will be enough time to buy food, binge,
and vomit without getting caught.
Marilyn Kilinski, a recovered
bulimic, who received national media
attention last year when she was ex-
pelled from the University's Zeta, Tau
Alpha sorority for not coping with
'For me, vomiting was almost like going
to the bathroom.'
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