Eating Disorders

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A disorder is a disturbance in physical or mental health functions, or to derange the physical or mental health or functions of something. [dictionary.com] Almost 24 million people of all genders and ages suffer from eating disorders in the US. [“ANAD”] There are three major forms of eating disorders that most people are unfortunately familiar with; anorexia (also known as anorexia nervosa), bulimia (bulimia nervosa), and binge eating. Anorexia is the starving of ones self, bulimia is making yourself throw up after eating something, and binge eating is a short period of excessive eating. They all are an obsession and have horrifying effects on the body and interfere with normal daily routines. The continuation of them can sometimes result in severe damage to vital body organs or even sometimes death. Another eating disorder I have recently discovered is orthorexia which is the obsession with eating only healthy or “pure” foods; this also believe it or not has damaging effects on your body and daily lifestyle and takes a big chunk out of your pocket. The worst part about all of these are almost nonexistent in foreign countries, American’s have created an unrealistic image for what we should look like. Another thing that can come along with eating disorders is a high rate for depression. Most eating disorders are more common in woman then in men. Anorexia is a very major disorder in the United States, 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. [“ANAD”] Anorexia is much more common in women than in men. When you starve yourself you are denying your body the necessary protein and nutrients that it needs to function properly. Your blood pressure levels and heart rate decrease more and more and this puts you... ... middle of paper ... ...xia Nervosa « « National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. "ANAD." Binge Eating Disorder « « National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. "ANAD." Eating Disorders Statistics « « National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. "Health Consquences of Eating Disorders." NEDA. National Eating Disorders Association, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. "Orthorexia: An Obsession with Eating "Pure"" What Is Orthorexia? Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. "Orthorexia Symptoms and Effects." Orthorexia. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. "What Is Binge Eating Disorder? What Causes Binge Eating Disorder?" Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.

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