Dangers Of Anorexia Essay

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The dangers of two different yet similar eating disorders People around the world experience mental and eating disorders, some of us are just lucky to not have any type of disorder. We walk by a numberless amount of people, mainly young adolescent women that are suffering from eating disorders. Yet no one notices due to the fact that Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are not easily noticeable on a person. When will being skinny be too skinny? Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric disorder characterized by an unrealistic fear or weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image. The individual is obsessed with becoming increasingly thinner and limits food intake to the point of their health is highly at risk. (Gillard, 18). Any eating disorder does not only affect women, there are rare cases that do show that men as well, do suffer from anorexia. Although there is no exact reason that causes this eating disorder, there are a lot of influences that cause young women to fall under anorexia. The individual suffering from anorexia biologically has biochemical disturbances in the brain that leads to their inability to maintain normal weight (Christopher, Repovich, 153). The existences of abnormal amount of brain neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that transmits nerve impulses between nerve cells (153). Our environment and culture also plays a big role by the media portraying thin models, celebrities in Hollywood have beautiful faces, beautiful bodies. “In addition… correlation between athletic activities that emphasizes the physique, such as track, tennis, gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance” (P. Brown, 162). It’s not so hard to understand why women are suffering from anorexia; the ide... ... middle of paper ... ... movement. Also the use of dieting pills and not eating and eating very little are a couple of methods (anorexia fact sheet). Methods used for bulimics seem a bit more complex. Bulimia is harder to identify on a person due to the fact that’s they are at normal weight or overweight… they hide their habit of binge eating followed by purging, vomiting or misuse of laxatives (K. Lee, 1429). Bulimics are aware of their abnormal patterns… many of them suffer from depression. Although they know their behaviors are abnormal they set aside times and places to carry out their secrete habits (1429). During binging, the individual crave high carbohydrate foods, such as “doughnuts, candy, ice-cream, soft drinks”… They tend to eat this all quickly as possible to later self-vomit or misuse laxatives. Fasting and binging occur on an average, at least twice a week for three months. (
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