Once an eating disorder has begun, it becomes a long-term (sometimes lifetime-long) cycle of dieting, bingeing and purging, or excessive eating. A person with an eating disorder becomes trapped in this endless cycle and needs professional physiological and psychological help to break through the chains. Eating disorders, just as any other addiction, are a reaction to a low self- esteem and a negative means of coping with life and stress. Others may use alcohol, drugs, and even compulsive gambling as a way to cope with their problems. To someone with an eating disorder, their illness is a means of incorporating control into their lives.
Another thing that can come along with eating disorders is a high rate for depression. Most eating disorders are more common in woman then in men. Anorexia is a very major disorder in the United States, 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. [“ANAD”] Anorexia is much more common in women than in men. When you starve yourself you are denying your body the necessary protein and nutrients that it needs to function properly.
The main focus in theses eating disorders are food. Many eating disorder patients have problems with self body issues and/or self confidence. There are many problems with these eating disorders and it is a huge problem in the country today. This paper will tell you what a eating disorder is and how a person can tell if their friend or peer is suffering from this illness and also how serious these sickness is. Eating disorder are becoming more and more common each day in woman, men, girls, or boys but mainly in young adults such as teens which numbers have tripled since the year 2008, but how do you tell when a person is sick.
Three major types of eating disorders affect peoples' lives. Victims of eating disorders suffer from an illness. The sickness results from peer influences and emotional problems (Eating). Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating take a toll on lives through eating or lack of eating. Anorexia nervosa, one of the eating disorders, has proven to potentially threaten lives.
BULIMIA NERVOSA 307.51 (F50.2) Introduction Individuals diagnosed with bulimia nervosa undertake frequent binge eating, followed by expelling the food, typically by inducing vomiting, but also through exercising and the use of laxative agents, diuretics, and enemas (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The binge eating occurrences are often prompted by a negative perception of one’s body image, temporarily alleviated by the binge eating episode. Since the individual with bulimia nervosa is overanxious about body weight, purging of the food is viewed as a necessity. This is in contrast to binge eating disorder, which does not involve the purging of food after an excess of food consumption (Bulik et al., 2012). Furthermore, although bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are similar in some respects, the two are in no way identical eating disorders.
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.
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.
Eating Disorders and the Media American writer Allen Ginsberg once said: "Whoever controls the media-the images-controls the culture." Nothing could be truer, the media has always influenced fashion and body shape. But what's remarkable now is how much the media affects body image, and how willing and eager people are to mess with Mother Nature. (Underwood, par.2) Although there are other factors that contribute to eating disorders the media can partially be blamed for the millions of people with eating disorders because it promotes and glamorizes being thin to the public. A healthy newborn child eats when it is hungry and stops when it is full.
What are eating disorders?. NIMH. Retrieved rom http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/what-are-eating-disorders.shtml Soh, N. L., Touyz, S. W., & Surgenor, L. J. (2006). Eating and body image disturbances across cultures: a review.