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The image of oneself is so profound that it is implicated all through society from television, advertisement panels, social media, magazines and technological devices. All around us we are stiffened and critique on how we look and judged to this matter, especially for the female gender. It wasn’t until one day, I, yes me, began to look in the mirror at myself and feed into the complexity of image consultants everywhere, lowering and fitting to the so called image that was portrayed as acceptable not only in my colleagues eyes, but tormented and coined as my own perception. Maybe this concept of body image was right, maybe a little fat from my stomach or thighs would make things much easier, but little did I know I was so wrong.
Anorexia nervosa is an illness that has impacted many individuals and families. This fatal disease is a “serious psychosomatic disorder in which the sufferer, usually female, believes she is fat despite all attempts to persuade her otherwise and in consequence tries with all her determination to lose weight”, states Hodes et. al (Hodes et. al., 1991). One out of several eating disorders, anorexia is an eating-related issue that arises from thoughts and emotions. To understand anorexia nervosa we must understand the foundational standpoint associated with this plague, I would so call it. Crisp reveals that this condition emerged within the context of or following the biological process of puberty (Crisp, 1980). The distorted body image and fear associated with being fat consumes an individual’s sense of control lost with negative feelings such as anxiety, guilt, anger and depression demonstrated. Statistics show that many teens and young adults are fighting this battle of self- consciousness and idealizatio...

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