The Dangerous Effects of Eating Disorders You probably hear about eating disorders, and how they can be do dangerous, but what are eating disorders exactly? Eating disorders are a groups of serious conditions in which you are so preoccupied with the food that you eat and how much you weigh, you often focus on little else (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eating-disorders/basics/definition/con-20033575 ). There are three main types of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is the fear of gaining weight. If you have bulimia nervosa, you eat large amounts very quickly, and then you purge.
When viewing the actions behind the disorders, you begin to see where they differ. Those suffering with Bulimia Nervosa struggle to control one’s self from eating too much. They tend to consume foods in very large amounts (binge eating) and then experience a feeling of guilt and regret immediately after eating. The immense feeling of guilt for letting themselves lose control leads to the act of purging to ultimately take back what they’ve done. In comparison to the lack of control of how much they eat in Bulimia, those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa have too much control over how much they eat to the extent that they do not eat anything at all.
Individuals that suffer from Anorexia Nervosa are over critical of self-image and they feel like their weight is a measure of their self worth. (Schullherr, Eating Disorders For Dummies) These individuals often deny that they are too thin. In females, they will quit h... ... middle of paper ... ...t) In closing, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa both have severe repercussions on the affected individual’s health and psychological well being. These two eating disorders not only affect their physical health, but also have severe, long-term psychological effects. If individuals that are suffering from either eating disorder go without treatment, the disease can become detrimental to their health.
The advertising industry has caused a dramatic increase in eating disorders among young males and females as a result of the unrealistic and unobtainable body images they portray in their advertisements. “Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you are so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else” (MAYO Clinic). Eating disorders can be serious and life treating, the treatment and diagnosis of anorexia and bulimia nervosa vary in the cause and effect on the development of the disorder. Eating disorders are mainly used to help control feelings and emotions that can be overwhelming. People with eating disorders use food to cope and control their life, which can be life threating and damage a patient’s life physically and emotionally.
Anorexia, meaning without appetite according to Random History, is an eating disorder where one fears gaining weight, so one self-starves (Rust). Bulimia, the more advanced stage of anorexia, consists of a rapid consumption of food followed by purging attempts using laxatives, excessive exercise, and self-induced vomiting (Rust). Binge-eating, on the other hand, is when one periodically goes on a long binge but does not vomit afterwards (Rust). This eventually leads to obesity. Eating disorders may cause physical and emotional complications.
Anorexia nervosa, one of the eating disorders, has proven to potentially threaten lives. Extreme weight loss and self-starvation transpire from anorexia (National). Signs and symptoms of the specific disorder vary. Some of the common symptoms include declining food, ignoring hunger, excessive fear of weight gain, obscured self-image, and loss of emotion (“Eating Disorders-Bing”). Anorexia nervosa results in premature mortality.
Rather than eating healthy meals at regular intervals, many individuals make use of different techniques which eventually become obsessions and even psychological disorders, all in the name of image and health. In the presented scenario, Meghan may be suffering from two psychological disorders. The first diagnosis will be one of anorexia nervosa. This is an eating disorder characterized but an abnormal low body weight, intense fears of gaining weight, and having a wrong or distorted perception about one’s body image or body weight. The individual who suffers from anorexia places great emphasis and value in the shape of his body, and in methods used to control his weight.
Bulimia nervosa is an illness is which a person binges on food or has normal episodes of overeating and feels less over control. There are a couple of different methods, which contain vomiting or the abuse of laxatives to avoid weight gain. Someone who is Bulimic every so often knows they have a problem but are frightened of their ineffectiveness to stop eating. Bulimia nervosa is commonly connected with symptoms of depression and even changes in social adjustment. Just like Anorexia nervosa there is no certain way to overcome Bulimia nervosa.
But for some, eating is an impulse. Men and women of all ages force themselves to eat too much or too little, and experience incredible psychological pain when they do. Body weight and image become a fixation that damages relationships and has severe health consequences. Food addiction is a disorder characterized by obsession with food, the accessibility of food and the expectancy of pleasure from the intake of food. Food addiction involves the recurring consumption of food against the individual’s better judgment resulting in loss of control and anxiety or the limitation of food and obsession with body weight and image.
Eating disorders can lead you to have a negative or just a body image or in reverse body image can lead you to have an eating disorder. Eating disorders are really bad for your own health. Body image is something that many people suffer from. They are both huge health problems that most teenagers and young adults have nowadays. If you have an eating disorder that was caused because you didn't like the shape of your body for any reason.