Understanding Eating Disorders

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Understanding Eating Disorders

What are the different types of eating disorders and their affects on the body? There are several types of disorders like, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Overeating, and the common Diet. Some of the above listed disorders are more serious that others but all are still serious in their own way. Eating disorders are normally not healthy to the body or to the person’s state of mind. Most disorders are a sickness that most likely would require therapy or hospitalization in order to cure.

Anorexia Nervosa is self-starvation or a sustained loss of appetite that is psychological in origin. Most people suffering from this disorder are female, with the exception of a small few who are male. It is most common in adolescent females. Anorexia typically starts with normal dieting that as time goes by starts to control a person’s life. They feel desperation to be thin, while at the same time crave to have a certain physical appearance which they feel is acceptable (Coon). The effects this may have on the body are skipped or nonexistent menstrual periods, brittle nails and hair, low pulse rate, constipation with the occasional diarrhea, anemia, loss of muscle mass, amenorrhea, joint swelling, dry skin, and cold intolerance (Family).

Second we have Bulimia Nervosa. This is when a person will overeat or gorge and then make themselves vomit or will take laxatives. Most people suffering from this disorder, like Anorexia, are girls and women, with the exception of a few men. They use the method of binging and purging to loose or maintain a certain weight (Coon). Typically a bulimic person will eat a large amount of food in a short time frame and then relieve themselves, by taking laxatives or by mak...

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...strive to lose weight in order to have the perfect body or what they perceive to be the perfect body. I believe this is caused by society and what society portrays as normal. I believe America probably has the highest rate of eating disorders. It starts with childhood and the Barbie doll with the unrealistic body figure. Most young girls play with Barbie dolls during childhood. It is also taught that being thin is acceptable and being overweight is not. This is taught to them by their parents, sibling, family members, friends, piers, and society. I myself have taken diet pills maybe not to the extreme of others but none the less tried them in an attempt to lose weight. I think people should be more educated on eating disorders and the emotional, and psychological effects they have on people. May this will make them not so judgmental on a persons physical appearance
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