Eating Disorders

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People with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorders should seek help because of the major health risks, such as: malnutrition, muscle atrophy, paralysis, cancer, heart attack and death. When someone has an eating disorder, they usually have underlying mental health issues. Only one in ten people with eating disorders receive treatment (Eating disorder statistics). These eating disorders are the most common eating disorders and affects 1 out of every seven women (Understanding Eating Disorders in Teens). If someone has an eating disorder they have a strong fear of gaining weight. They have a distorted image of their body (Eating disorders). They may think that they are fat, or ugly, or they may use eating as a comfort. People with anorexia starve themselves of food and nutrients because of what they see in the mirror. Some Anorexics will spend several hours a day doing exercise to burn the calories that they have eaten throughout the day. In most cases anorexics eat less than they should and count every calorie. Bulimia Nervosa is a similar eating disorder, although some of the actions are different. People with bulimia will eat large amounts of food and then they will do whatever it takes to rid their bodies of all the food they just ate (Bulimia Nervosa). They will use laxatives as well as vomit or do excessive exercise. The medical term for people who eats large amounts of food and then vomit is called binge and purge (Bulimia Nervosa). Binge eating disorders are usually confused with bulimia, but they are very different. Someone with a binge eating disorder will eat large amounts of food, but will not try to rid their bodies of the food. They tend to eat small amounts of food between their binges. Peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...tp://www.something-fishy.org/dangers/dangers.php Eating disorders. (n.d.)Retrieved August 24, 2010, from http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/eating_disorders.html Eating Disorder Statistics. (n.d.) Retrieved July 27, 2010, from http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/anorexia/statistics.htm Understanding Eating Disorders in Teens. (n.d.) Retrieved August 17, 2010, from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/bulimia-nervosa/understanding-eating-disorders-teens Bulimia Nervosa. (n.d.) Retrieved August 17, 2010, from http://women.webmd.com/guide/mental-health-bulimia-nervosa Binge Eating. (n.d.) Retrieved August 17, 2010, from http://women.webmd.com/guide/mental-health-bulimia-nervosa References: Anorexia Nervosa. (n.d.) Retrieved August 17, 2010, from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/anorexia-nervosa-topic-overview

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