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.
This essay will also assess the symptoms, causes, health affects and the most prevalent characteristics of people diagnosed with these two eating disorders. “Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by self-starvation to avoid obesity. People with this disorder believe they are overweight, even when their bodies become grotesquely distorted by malnourishment.” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include: heart muscle damage, heartbeat irregularities, low blood pressure, kidney damage, kidney failure, convulsions or seizures, loss of menstrual period in women, loss of bone density and fertility problems. (Schulherr) Anorexia Nervosa not only has physical symptoms but psychological symptoms as well. The psychological symptoms include strange behaviors, such as, only eating certain foods based primarily on caloric intake.
Customarily, binge eaters have episodes where they stuff themselves full of food to the point of being uncomfortably full, as they cannot seem to control their intake of food. Causes of eating disorders are varied and depend on the person and disorder. T... ... middle of paper ... ...rs.org/general-information> Web 2) National Institute of Mental Health 2011. Eating Disorders. n.d. 12 Mar.
To someone with an eating disorder, their illness is a means of incorporating control into their lives. Anorexia Nervosa, a disorder of self- starvation, manifests itself in a complete refusal of food and can cause psychological, endocrine, and gynecological problems. An anorexic person will turn to obsessive dieting and starvation as a way to control not only their weight, but also their feelings and actions regarding the emotions attached (Definition of Anorexia Nervosa 1). Some physiological characteristics of Anorexia Nervo... ... middle of paper ... ...abuse. Clinical depression can also lead to an eating disorder.
Disturbance caused by unlimited factors in a person’s diet is known as an eating disorder. There are two commonly known eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia is defined as “an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by frantic efforts to avoid gaining weight” (Smith, Segal). In other words, bulimia is a disorder in which a person tends to eat excessively and avoids losing the weight that they have gained from eating by taking laxatives or vomits to maintain their weight that they want to reach. When a person vomits by force, it is known as purging.
A great range of people have keen interest in their body shape. However, it becomes a problem when your effort to have an envious physical appearance becomes an obsession. When this obsession falters, you began to lose control of your life and the people affected turn to one of two paths: excessive eating, or self-starvation. This compulsion of food and a physical appearance is also known as an eating disorder. Eating disorders slowly deteriorate your body, beginning with your brain, leading to the start of mental illnesses.
Some eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge eating. Anorexia is the relentless pursuit of thinness. Bulimia is the uncontrollable urge to eat large amounts of food in a short amount of time (Exploring Science 6th Edition Myers, David G). The media plays a big part in this it creates an artificial image that people are supposed to look picture perfect, such as supermodels and athletes. People with anorexia are unable to maintain there average body weight and height for their age (www.aedweb.org).
Sometimes, but not always, the eating disorder victim eats irregularly because they are concerned about their body shape or weight ("Alliancefored03.donorcommunity.com"). 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.
Some signs of developing obesity or bulimia are eating until you are full, eating lots of high calorie foods, feeling bad about yourself after you “binge”, feeling ashamed about eating too much, secretly eating (hiding), swollen salivary glands, dependent on diet pills, dental problems, broken blood vessels in your eyes from throwing up, feeling futile and having a low self- esteem, depression, life changing events, family problems, peer problems, and bullying. Obesity can lead to stress, mental issues, strokes, and other forms of cancer. There is a cure for bulimia and Obesity if you cut down on the calories and start exercising better, start a weight- management program, change eating habits, plan meals, control portions, increase physical activity, eat good foods at school, eat meals as a family, don’t eat as a reward, limit s... ... middle of paper ... ...ans are obese and overweight!! But most of the time all of the eating disorders affect young girls and woman. Only about 5-10% of males are bulimic and have eating disorders.
Initial symptoms of anorexia include an obsession with food and dieting, weight loss, dizziness and fainting, and a pale, sickly appearance. Bulimia sufferers eat massive amounts of food and then disappear immediately after a meal in order to force themselves to vomit (Parks 8). Scientists believe that eating disorders result from a complex interaction of genetic, cultural and psychological factors. The cause of anorexia ... ... middle of paper ... ...ting behaviors and a distorted body image. Works Cited Parks, Peggy J. Anorexia.