The Physical and Emotional Effects of Eating Disorders

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In today’s society eating disorders have become very common. It has also become a serious health problem that is vastly growing and becoming a larger problem. Eating disorders may be the result of biological, sociological, psychological, and interpersonal factors. These terrible eating habits may be developed from preoccupations with food and weight, but in some cases it is more severe than this. In some cases eating disorders is a form of compensating for wanted feelings and emotions including acceptance. Unfortunately, these behaviors will cause personal damages to their physical and emotional health including their self-esteem. Society assumes that only young women suffer from eating disorders, but both males and females of any age suffer from eating disorders. Eating disorders are seen as an abnormal form of eating habits that can affect your health or life. There has been no cause proven for eating disorders, but the concern on weight and body shape play a major role in every aspect of eating disorders. Some eating disorders seen as common include Anorexia nervosa, and Bulimia nervosa. Even though these are seen as common other eating disorders exist such as Rumination Syndrome, and Orthorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is considered an eating disorder due to a person’s obsession to obtain an unattainable body image. This causes them to starve or either exercise excessively bringing about their own death. The drive to become thinner eventually reflects a secondary concern about control or even fear to one’s body. As the cycle of starvation continues the person feels control even enjoyment toward their body, but as the cycle is prolonged it may become an addiction. Anorexia is commonly seen in adolescence. This is a crucial t... ... middle of paper ... ...E. "Eating Disorders." Http:// American Psychological Association, 1 Oct. 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. "Perfect Illusions What Causes Eating Disorders." PBS. PBS, 01 Jan. 2003. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Simon, Harvey, and David Zieve. "Eating Disorders." University of Maryland Medical Center. University of Maryland Medical Center, 08 Mar. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. McEntarffer, Robert, and Allyson Weseley. "Motivation and Emotion." AP® Psychology. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 2010. 169-85. Print. Rathus, Spencer A. HDEV. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print. Hooks, Bell. "BEAUTY WITHIN AND WITHOUT." Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge, MA: South End, 2000. 31-36. Print. Valenti, Jessica. "Beauty Cult." Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters. Emeryville, CA: Seal, 2007. 197-212. Print.

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