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These disorders aren’t just something a few people have in fact, sixty-five percent of women in a survey in 2008 confirmed to have disordered eating (Zoltan). Society has put a view on family and social event to make them involve food (Zoltan). The health of women is being abused and harmed because they are either not eating or throwing up what they eat to remain thin. The increasing number of women that are either bulimic or anorexic is growing out of control. Research that has been done shows that one percent of female adolescents have anorexia, and one and a tenth to four and two tenths of women will get bulimia in their lifetime (“Eating Disorders”).
There are three different types of eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. According to Jessica Bennett, twenty-five million people in the United States suffer from binge eating disorder and ten million women and one million men suffer from either anorexia or bulimia. Studies have proven that bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating are set off by social, psychological, relationship or genetic factors; social factors, however, have the greatest impact on men and women. Of the three eating disorders, anorexia gets the most attention and has the highest mortality rate of six percent out of any mental illness. According to the International Journal of Eating Disorders, half of the deaths caused by anorexia are suicide.
Each has its own characteristics that distinguish the illness yet there are some similarities that they also share. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, as with most mental illnesses, eating disorders are not caused by just one factor but by a combination of behavioral, biological, emotional, psychological, interpersonal and social factors. Shockingly, they also report that in the United States, there are as many as 10 million females and 1 million males that are battling with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. Additionally, another 25 million are struggling with binge eating disorders (www.NationalEatingDisorders.org). Typically, psychological factors such as depression and low self-esteem contribute to eating disorders... ... middle of paper ... ... and attitudes.
Their body images are severely distorted. They're the most talked about and the best studied eating disorders, and researchers estimate that nearly seven million women in the United States suffer from either anorexia or bulimia. But there's a newly recognized condition known as binge-eating disorder that is now considered the most common eating disorder. In the U.S. population, it has a frequency of about one to four out of every one hundred people. Although eating disorders afflict women much more often than they do men, it is estimated that about one million American men suffer from either anorexia or bulimia, and millions more have binge-eating disorder.
Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa The two most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. There are many similarities, as well as differences, between the two. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are common between the ages of twelve to twenty-five (Johns Hopkins Medicine). These disorders affect females more than males. Approximately ten percent of males have been detected as having one of these eating disorders.
According to medical standards they fit into having a disorder. Diet commercials are constantly appearing on television screens telling us that losing weight will make everyone happy. Over five million American men and women suffer from eating disorders. (Vollstadt 45) Depression, shame, and agonizing sense of isolation is caused by eating disorders, they disrupt families, schools, and damages careers. It’s unfortunate, but in today’s society, people have forgotten that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, not what’s on the outside.
Soon the individual finds themselves so caught up in portraying “the perfect image” that’s it is nearly impossible to stop. It was during the 70’s and 80’s that obesity in the US skyrocketed in this category of eating disorders; a form of a mental illness. This illness affects both children, adolescents, men and women alike. In 1970 studies show the average girl started dieting at age 14 and within 20 years by 1990 the average went down to age 8. That is a 6 year range of difference!
2). Eating disorders are alarmingly becoming a larger epidemic in the United States every day, and there are several main reasons that eating disorders exist: how society judges on body images, psychological and emotional problems, and genetics. Eating disorders are most popular among women, but are also are not uncommon among men. Eating disorders occur in teenagers more frequently than adults. Also, “55% of high school girls and 30% of boys report disordered eating symptoms to lose weight” (Healy par.