An Eating Disorder: What Is It and How Is It Defeated?

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Living a healthy lifestyle is something that mostly everyone thinks he or she is doing. Of course there are always those people who are aware they are living an unhealthy life, however, they feel as if they have their lifestyle handled and that they can start up a healthy lifestyle anytime they want or need. The term “eating disorder” is one that makes people cringe. An eating disorder is an issue or unhealthy relationship with food. Sometimes, but not always, the eating disorder victim eats irregularly because they are concerned about their body shape or weight (""). Naturally, when eating disorders are brought up, people immediately think about abnormally skinny people. However, that’s not always the case, an eating disorder can affect anyone, and it does. Generally, eating disorders are more common in teens and young adults, but there are many adults who suffer from eating disorders. Many people classify their eating disorder as “dieting,” but that is definitely not the case. There is a fine line between a diet and an eating disorder. Usually psychological factors are what determine whether someone’s food relationship is an eating disorder or a diet. Unfortunately, one specific cause of eating disorders can’t be pinpointed. However, eating disorders are found to run in families. Anxiety and depression also greatly factor into all types of eating disorders. An eating disorder fits into the mental illness category and is actually very common. This common illness is the deadliest of all mental illnesses. All sorts of psychological factors come down to three basic, but major eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. Some of these factors include things like lack of n... ... middle of paper ... ...lors, and family. Eating disorders are widely spread and deadly (“ANAD”). Eating disorder victims don’t fit a specific stereotype. Anyone can be affected by an eating disorder. Women are most commonly the people who develop eating disorders; however, men can have an eating disorder as well. Women are usually more affected than men because they are generally more emotional. Women are more susceptible to anxiety and depression than men are ("Eating Disorders: MedlinePlus”). A woman named Frannie stated in Elizabeth Hampshire’s book, “You don’t have to live like that. You do have an option. You can accept yourself as you are, you can feel good about your natural body weight, you can go one day at a time without obsession, you can be free!” As common and as easy as an eating disorder is to adopt, treatment, recovery, and a healthy lifestyle are also just as reachable.
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