“No one knows exactly what causes eating disorders. However, all socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural groups are at risk” (Matthews, 2001, p.3). Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose but can be deadly if left untreated. Background The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness (n.d.) observes, Eating disorders affect five to ten million Americans adolescent girls and women and approximately one million American boys and men. In addition, approximately 70 million individuals in the world struggle with this disorder.
Eat to live – don’t live to eat (or not to). This is very hard for a person with an eating disorder to understand since food is their tool for handling the stress and anxiety in their lives. Eating disorders affect millions of Americans each year (Eating Disorders 1). The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Compulsive Overeating. These disorders are serious, and, when taken to extremes, can be life threatening as well.
It focuses on its bad effect to the health of an individual and to the society. Perhaps you do not have this kind of eating disorder but you are definitely affected by it. Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a secretive cycle of bingeing and purging. Binge eating is the uncontrolled consumption of large amounts of food lasting a few minutes to several hours. Purging or ridding the body of food eaten during a binge through self-induced vomiting, laxatives, fasting, severe diets, or vigorous exercise follows this.
There is also Bulimia Nervosa, which is when a person eats a large amount of food and then binges or purges after to get rid of the food they just put into the body. Lastly there is the Binge eating disorder. This disorder is when a person keeps a secret from everyone of their excessive eating. “Women make up more than 90 percent of people with these eating disorders” (www.4woman.gov 1).“However, young women are most vulnerable, particularly between the ages 15-25 years” (www.edauk.com 1). Women are more likely to be anorexic, because they always see other women with thin bodies and feel pressured to want to be like them.
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.
People die from anorexia and bulimia almost daily without the proper treatment. Once the disorders start they cause lots of physical and emotional destruction, it’s important to seek professional help before it’s too late.
Anorexia and bulimia are serious, life threatening eating disorders that affect millions of people every year, however their differences in symptoms, effects, and treatment might surprise you. Eating disorders are complex and devastating, they are so common that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students struggle with one. (“Eating disorder,n.d.”) Anorexia and bulimia are not lifestyle choices, they are serious disorder with possible life threatening consequences. Both eating disorders include extreme attitudes toward weight and food issues. Most people believe they are one in the same although they do have similarities their differences are quite remarkable.
Have you ever vomited and experienced the sting of acid on the back of your throat, missed a meal and felt your stomach grumble, or even eaten too much and felt bloated? These are some of the agonies that eating disorder sufferers endure every day. Eating disorders are psychological disorders in which the mind causes a disturbance from an established eating pattern. This paper is aimed to educate the reader about how eating disorders begin and what their consequences are. Although there are plenty different types of eating disorders, the main ones that will be focused on in this paper are: anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
Thesis Statement: Anorexia Nervosa effects a person both physically and mentally. Anorexia represents one percent of most prevalent eating disorder diseases. The word anorexia itself means, “ lack of appetite”. Anorexia is an all-encompassing pursuit of thinness. The person effected by Anorexia has an absolute fear of becoming obese (Matthew 4).
The majority of us worry about getting enough exercise, but there is such a thing as too much exercise. Exercising regularly is healthy, but more is not always better and in some cases, compulsive exercise can be just as dangerous as eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. (Van Buskirk 529) "For many patients who starve, purge, or mutilate themselves, the body is speaking death," how true is this statement? (Farber, S 289) Anorexia is a disease and it should be treated as such.