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Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

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Many young women suffer from eating disorders. Criticized and shamed by the many for their body, weight, and looks, insecurities are abundant in these women. Especially female celebrities, whom are constantly held to unreachable standards by the public. These insecurities can lead to a plethora of psychological problems or disorders, including eating disorders. An eating disorder is defined as “an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating” by the National Institution of Mental Health. In the past few years, many celebrities have come out as suffering from an eating disorder, one of the more recent to be the pop star Kesha. One of the eating disorders that Kesha suffers from is anorexia nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa is defined by the American Psychological Association as having “ a distorted body image that causes them to see themselves as overweight even when they're dangerously thin.” People who suffer from anorexia will usually avoid eating or eat very little and can even have social anxiety about eating in front of others. Genetics, a culture focused around an ideal body type, being criticized for your weight, perfectionism and self-hate can all become a risk for anorexia. And while 85-95 percent of people with anorexia are women, men can also develop the disorder; though it is much less likely. Some symptoms of anorexia are rapid and extreme weight loss, eating very little to nothing at all, taking weight loss pills and supplements, and excessive exercising. Anorexia, along with other eating disorders, can cause or come hand-in-hand with anxiety, depression, heart/brain issues, and substance abuse. Anorexia can cause hair to... ... middle of paper ... ... disorders and though they’ll likely still remain a part of her life, she won’t suffer. However, others are not always as lucky. Sometimes they do not receive or attempt to receive help and their eating disorder(s) can cause many health problems for them. When untreated, eating disorders can become dangerous and even cause death whether through starvation, malnutrition, or depression/suicide. Works Cited www.people.com/people/article/0,,20777153,00.html www.people.com/people/article/0,,20772368,00.html www.people.com/people/article/0,,20795235,00.html www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/eople.com/people/article/,,.htm www/nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/.html www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/anorexia-nervosa.html www.apa.org/helpcenter/eating.aspx www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/general-information/
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