Anorexia was first described in medicine as early as 1689. It is defined as extreme weight loss. A century ago, this was not a problem as big as it is today. There are many factors as to why this disorder has grown in the past century. Anorexia has come a long way since the 1680’s and has now shifted from adults in America to children thanks to social media and the need to be skinny to look good.
Around 1870, anorexia nervosa got its own diagnosis and became fully identified. It wasn’t until the 1970s when this disorder took off due to media. Media gave real stories of women who were refusing to eat as a way to lose weight, without any indication that there could be very serious problems more women were trying it. In the 80’s TV shows made fun of this disease without knowing how serious it really was. Around that time it had been noticed that more people from colleges and universities had picked up this disorder.
Since then there have been many studies and a lot of literature published on this disorder, trying to educate people on how very serious this could be and is. There has been a significant increase since the 1980’s and continues to grow thanks to many factors in today’s society; mostly coming from media and the increase to be skinny and fit. With the number increasing of people who get this disorder, so does the medical problems that are attached to this. With the correct education and prevention maybe in a century this number will be at an all-time low.
In today’s society anorexia nervosa affects one in 200 women in the United States alone. With 10% of that affecting people from colleges and universities with just a clinical eating disorder. Rough 10% of males have an eating disorder ...
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...ir bones. The lack of calcium leads to lower bone density which tends to leads to weakness and an increased risk of breaking a bone. Since a person with anorexia has a lower white blood cell count, it is harder for them to fight infections. Infections is one of the main causes in death in a person who is suffering from anorexia. Along with loss of menstrual periods could lead to infertility. Men who suffer from this disorder also have an increased risk of becoming infertile.
Depression is almost always linked to eating disorders. If one doesn’t start out with having depression, it is likely that that person will develop it. The medical and psychological problems go far beyond the further a person progress through the disorder. Many people feel alienated and have no sense of control, in many cases it can lead to depression if not already there and felling of suicide.
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