Also, “55% of high school girls and 30% of boys report disordered eating symptoms to lose weight” (Healy par. 6). Teenage girls seem to be the biggest group with eating disorder problems, which is not entirely that surprising. Teenage girls are always trying to fit in and get boys to like them. Often combined with low self-esteem, trying to fit in and get boys to notice them, the three could dangerous to teenage girls and their health.
To someone with an eating disorder, their illness is a means of incorporating control into their lives. Anorexia Nervosa, a disorder of self- starvation, manifests itself in a complete refusal of food and can cause psychological, endocrine, and gynecological problems. An anorexic person will turn to obsessive dieting and starvation as a way to control not only their weight, but also their feelings and actions regarding the emotions attached (Definition of Anorexia Nervosa 1). Some physiological characteristics of Anorexia Nervo... ... middle of paper ... ...abuse. Clinical depression can also lead to an eating disorder.
Many eating disorders have been proven to emerge during adolescence and often serve to more serious problems. Some teen girls will suffer with anorexia. They will starve themselves down to the point where they are skeletal thi... ... middle of paper ... ... 1. Females a. Menstruating stops b. Emotional 2.
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.
“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.
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.
In a society that discriminates against people, particularly women, who do not look slender, many people find they cannot - or think they cannot - meet society's standards through normal, healthy eating habits and often fall victim to eating disorders. Bulimia Nervosa, an example of an eating disorder that is characterized by a cycle of binge eating and purging, has become very common in our society. Although it generally affects women, men too are now coming to clinics with this kind of disease. This is not a new disorder. It can be brought on by a complex interplay of factors, which may include emotional, and personality disorders, family pressures, a possible genetic or biologic susceptibility, and a culture in which there is an overabundance of food and an obsession with thinness.
Many people hope for the “perfect” body, the one they see in all the magazines. When dieting and exercise do not give these people the results they want, many times these individuals turn to eating disorders. In the United States eating disorders have become a reoccurring problem. Anorexia and bulimia make up the two most common eating disorders among all age groups. Anorexia and bulimia threaten the lives of many people in the United States.
Although there are similarities, each disorder has its own unique characteristics. A major symptom of bulimia is binging and purging. Bulimics practice binging, eating large amounts of food at one time, and purging, causing themselves to vomit, or defecate, in an attempt to prevent weight gain (Reyes 1). Anorexics, however, restrict their diets and starve themselves in attempt to stay thin and if possible, lose more weight (“Anorexia Nervosa” 1) Like any other illness, eating disorders need to be diagnosed by a health care professional. People with eating disorders may also have psychological problems (WebMD.Com Eating 1).
First off, an eating disorder is generally described as an inconsistent eating behavior. This includes both severe over eating and under eating. According to the ANAD, .5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa within their lifespan. This is a significant number of women in the world, but this does not mean that eating disorders are limited to women only. An estimated five to fifteen percent of bulumia, or a disorder that involves common episodes of binge eating and then frantic attempts to not gain weight (generally by inducing vomiting), and anorexia, general loss of interest in the consumption of food, are men.