Eating Disorders and Adolescents

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Eating disorders develop during adolescence and normally peak within girls at the age of 15-16. Disturbed eating behavior are very dominant within the adolescent woman in our society. The number of adolescent woman struggling with such disorders is upwards of 40%. The most common of these disorders are bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating. There are various factors within our society that influence the development of such disorders. Deleterious eating behaviors are all to common in and the prevalence of them are so high that they are becoming less and less of a rarity. Eating disorders are not precluded by one solitary source but are rather brought on by the many factors that exist within our society. Medias unrealistic portrayal of what a “perfect” body image is, along with early adolescent puberty, are both factors that can both result in the adolescent woman in our county to develop eating disorders. Professional all have different viewpoints on what exactly is to blame for causing such detrimentally harmful eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating in adolescent woman. Young girls in today's society are constantly being bombarded by the onset of media exposure. Often time adolescents struggle with their body image because it does not resemble the ones portrayed in the media. Media uses ultra slim individuals to portray the image of beauty onto society. The images portrayed in beauty magazines send distorted and warped ideas of what an acceptable body image is to influential adolescent woman. (Laurie, Sullivan, Hill & Davies, 2006; 356). The standards of body physic set by the media are unattainable for the many subjectified adolescent woman. A study was done in a variety of Jr... ... middle of paper ... ... abuse will self disclose the onset of abuse with has tendencies to lead to them developing an eating disorder to help them to cope with the exploitation they have endured (Ericsson, Keel, Holland, Selby, Verona, Cougle, Palmer & 2012; 322). A relationship is definitely visible between disordered eating behaviors and sexual/physical abuse. in a an abusuve negative environment. A multitude of behavioral genetic studies have been conducted and have found there to be a strong correlation between genetic components and distorted eating behaviors in adolescent girls. Molecular genetic research has found that these behaviors are roughly 46 to 72 percent heritable. It has been discovered that there is substantial genetic influence on disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating. is present among biologically related individuals (Berrettini, 2004).
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