The Detrimental Effects of Anorexia on the Body and Mind

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Ana’s Limelight Christy Greenleaf, assistant professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation at University of North Texas, stated, “Girls and women, in our society are socialized to value physical appearance and an ultra-thin beauty that rarely occurs naturally and to pursue that ultra-thin physique at any cost.” Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among young women. Furthermore, one in every ten people with anorexia will die from a complication brought on by the disorder. Although Anorexia is a mental illness, it is most common in teenage females because it is incited by the media through the fashion industry and pro-anorexia websites. Anorexia is a mental illness that can be identified by its victims starving themselves in order to drop weight to dangerous levels. Most often, anorexics will restrict their food or exercise excessively in order to decrease their body weight. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. This is mainly due to suicide and the complications that occur consequently from starvation. These complications include heart and kidney failure as well as osteoporosis and muscle atrophy. Females may also stop menstruating. The gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems may also be affected. Thus, Anorexia has detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. There is argument about whether or not Anorexia can be incited by environmental factors and whether the occurrence of Anorexia is increasing at all. The article “Not Our Stars But Ourselves” stated, “Some of these causes may overlap with one another, but biomedical researchers are virtually unanimous that Anorexia has physical roots” (Schwarz). The article also question whether growing a... ... middle of paper ... illness that can not be abandoned with incentive of rational argument” (Schwarz). Thus, professional treatment should be sought by anyone who is or knows someone who is suffering from Anorexia. Works Cited Austin, S. Bryn, and others. “Screening High School Students for Eating Disorders: Results…” Preventing Chronic Disease. Oct 2008:1-10. SIRS Givernment Reporter. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Friedman, L.S. Eating Disorders. Greenhouse, 2006. Print. Moore, Booth. “The Fashion Industry Glamorizes Anorexia.” Anorexia, Stefan Kiesbye. O’Farrell, Peggy. “UC Study: Internet Fuels Anorexia.” Cincinnati Enquirer: n.p. Feb 23 2011. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 30 Jan. 2014 . Schwarz, Fred. “Not our Stars but Ourselves.” Naitonal Review Vol. 61, Nov 3 Feb 23 2009: 22-4. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 30 Jan. 2014 .

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