Anorexia, meaning without appetite according to Random History, is an eating disorder where one fears gaining weight, so one self-starves (Rust). Bulimia, the more advanced stage of anorexia, consists of a rapid consumption of food followed by purging attempts using laxatives, excessive exercise, and self-induced vomiting (Rust). Binge-eating, on the other hand, is when one periodically goes on a long binge but does not vomit afterwards (Rust). This eventually leads to obesity. Eating disorders may cause physical and emotional complications.
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.
Causes of Eating Disorders Eating disorders are several types of severe eating illnesses that cause people to maintain focus on only their diet and weight. Some prime examples of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder where people are so focused on their weight that they refuse to eat or eat as little as possible, bulimia nervosa is similar to anorexia except instead of eating so little people binge eat and then force themselves to big sick hoping that will help decrease their weight. Binge-eating may not seem as dire as the other eating disorders but it does the same amount of harm, it is when people eat as much as they can whenever they can. There is no specific cause to eating disorders; the causes can vary from genetic factors to cultural pressures.
Clinical depression can also lead to an eating disorder. But, no matter how much research is done, never will a person without an eating disorder understand why a person with an eating disorder thinks and acts the way they do. All in all, eating disorders are very complex emotional issues. Though they may seem to be nothing more than a dangerously obsessive weight concern on the surface, for those suffering with eating disorders there are deeper emotional conflicts to be resolved. Works Cited “Definition of Anorexia Nervosa.” Something Fishy.
Pinpointing also how social media has played a large part in shaping our views and ideas of the human body and our own personal self image. Eating Disorders often come with a heavy consequence that many often fail to recognize. Once an individual starts to lose weight, that is what becomes the main focus. It is short term and results may come quickly, but what they don’t realize is that once those pounds start to shed, other things begin to drop as well. Anorexia Nervosa is inadequate food intake that leads to a body weight that is unhealthy and too low.
The Dangerous Effects of Eating Disorders You probably hear about eating disorders, and how they can be do dangerous, but what are eating disorders exactly? Eating disorders are a groups of serious conditions in which you are so preoccupied with the food that you eat and how much you weigh, you often focus on little else (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eating-disorders/basics/definition/con-20033575 ). There are three main types of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is the fear of gaining weight. If you have bulimia nervosa, you eat large amounts very quickly, and then you purge.
These eating disorders can be, but are not limited to, Anorexia Nervosa, when a person tries to avoid eating, Bulimia, when a person eats a lot and then goes and vomits, and binge eating is when a person can not get enough food. A eating disorder is not always easy to pick up on just because of what the person says because it also has a lot to do with "a sud... ... middle of paper ... ...ased Adolescents: Support for a Relationship between Eating Disorder Symptoms, Low Fatty Acid Intake and Depressive Symptoms.. (n.d.): n. pag. 20 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.
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Aside from the disorder there are its symptoms, who is affected, age of onset, causes, potential treatment methodology, and several resources for help. (Smith, Segal, and J. Segal; February 2014) Some of the symptoms associated with Binge Eating Disorder are frequent episodes of consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. A person uses the food to fill an empty void that they have and even though the food being consumed temporarily elevates them; Afterwards, a binger feels a sense of guilt, shame, or embarrassment. Due to consuming large amounts, a binger will eat in a secretive location away from others so they don’t feel judged by others. Sometimes a binger feels out-of-control or on auto-pilot when they begin there episode and also may not feel satisfied after bingeing.