Anorexia Nervosa Research Paper

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Anorexia nervosa, a medical condition defined by an abnormal or pronounced lack of appetite, has become a household recognized condition due to its prevalence and impact. Anorexia nervosa is a major eating disorder that disrupts everyday life, resulting in extreme thinness, hormonal imbalances, behavioral signs, and health issues that can lead to death. While the disease strikes across all gender, races, and classes, the victims affected are typically young, healthy, and attractive women of successful families. The average girl affected usually ages between thirteen and nineteen years old (Landau 3). This disorder has increased rapidly over the last ten years, becoming more common each year (Landau 2-3). Women faced with both a biological predisposition and cultural incentive, known as pressure, face a dual risk of the condition. While awareness is growing, attention must be paid to the condition gendered character. Anorexia nervosa causes many serious health problems that can become life threatening if not treated. Because of the drastic weight loss and lack of nutrition to the body, there are many health and side effects that take a toll on the body. When the anorectic victim first stops eating, their body is not used to the lack of food intake, so fainting, fatigue and overall weakness are often common in the beginning (Health Risks of Anorexia). Those victims who do not intake a sufficient amount of water and other fluids have a higher chance of dehydration, which can lead to kidney failure. As the victim of anorexia continues to eat less and less, “the body reacts to the lack of food by becoming extremely thin, developing brittle hair and nails, dry skin, lowered pulse rate, cold intolerance, and constipation, as well ... ... middle of paper ... ...ook at their body, they see many flaws that they want to eliminate. These perceptions are common in many women, but anorexic women also stress on wanting to become skinner and not look too heavy. Overall, anorexic woman feel fat, rather than their appearance actually being fat. Women experience anorexia in a unique manner directly tied to their gender--the causes, health impacts, and rituals are all unique to women. The convergence of biological difference and social gender construction produce a unique health crisis. This means we have to target efforts of education and prevention as a women’s issue. As a community and society, we must stress working out more often and eating healthy, instead of the issue of not eating at all. If you see a friend that seems at risk, seek professional help because this disease is serious and can be potentially life threatening.

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