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The Media's Influence on Eating Disorders

- The Media's Influence on Eating Disorders The National Eating Disorders Association states that eating disorders are conditions that arise from factors including physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social issues. Media images help define cultural definitions of beauty and attractiveness and are often acknowledged as one of the factors that contribute to the rise of eating disorders (NEDA). The National Eating Disorders Associations website, "The Effect of the Media on Body Satisfaction in Adolescent Girls", "The Media's Influence on Body Image Disturbance and Eating Disorders", and "Dieting Behaviors, Weight Perceptions, and Life Satisfaction Among Public High School Adolescents"...   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Body Image of Women in America

- Eleven million women in the United States suffer from eating disorders - either self-induced semi-starvation (anorexia nervosa) or a cycle of bingeing and purging with laxatives, self-induced vomiting, or excessive exercise (bulimia nervosa) (Dunn, 1992). Many eating disorder specialists agree that chronic dieting is a direct consequence of the social pressure on American females to achieve a nearly impossible thinness. The media has been denounced for upholding and perhaps even creating the emaciated standard of beauty by which females are taught from childhood to judge the worth of their own bodies (Stephens & Hill, 1994)....   [tags: Self Image Eating Disorders Health Beauty Essays]

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The Media and Eating Disorders

- The Media and Eating Disorders It is funny how so many girls and women today are led to believe that the only way to feel attractive and be beautiful is to have their bodies consist of nothing but skin and bones. Women are dieting more today then they have ever been before. They are striving for an unattainable body figure that is portrayed by the media as being the ideal standard for today's women. It gets worse. Not only are women dieting unlike ever before, but they will ruthlessly harm their bodies in order to achieve these inaccessible standards....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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The Stress of Childhood Gymnastics

- The Stress of Childhood Gymnastics          For years gymnastics has been a sport that many children participate in. But as the years have gone by it has turned into something other than a place for kids to grow and learn. Its overwhelming commitment has continued to replace kids’ childhoods with stress, mental and physical pain and eating disorders. Many results have come from this change in the gymnastics society. Gymnasts have come to a point where they have been told and directed to understand that winning is the only important factor in gymnastics....   [tags: Sports]

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Bulimia Nervosa

- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Bulimia Nervosa INTRODUCTION Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating as well as by self-induced vomiting and/or laxative abuse (Mitchell, 1986). Episodes of overeating typically alternate with attempts to diet, although the eating habits of bulimics and their methods of weight control vary (Fairburn et al., 1986). The majority of bulimics have a body weight within the normal range for their height, build, and age, and yet possess intense and prominent concerns about their shape and weight (Fairburn et al., 1986)....   [tags: Eating Disorders Medical Treatment Essays]

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Eating Disorders and Female Athletes

- Eating Disorders and Female Athletes What are eating disorders. Eating disorders are characterized by gross disturbances in eating behavior and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, eating disorders not otherwise specified(NOS), and binge eating disorder. Also, several researchers have coined the term anorexia athletics. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by refusal to maintain body weight over a minimum level considered normal for age and height, along with distorted body image, fear of fat and weight gain, and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)....   [tags: Health Nutrition Sports Papers]

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Obesity: What Is the Solution?

- Obesity has become a popular, yet debatable subject in the past century. Over 22% of the U.S. adult population is obese based on body mass index (Koplan and Dietz 440). 80% of these obese adults have one or more chronic diseases that greatly affect their lives (Koplan and Dietz 441). Obesity is a perilous illness that many Americans possess and the disadvantages are excessive. Furthermore, society has to participate in aiding the obese population. Obesity must be prevented in order to decrease health risks and social struggles, and to shape humanistic values....   [tags: Health]

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The Eating Disorder Anorexia Nervosa

- The Eating Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is a relentless pursuit of excessive thinness that interferes with the fulfillment of responsibilities to the self and to others because it produces an intense and irrational fear of becoming fat, an obsession with food and weight control, and a life threatening weight loss. Eventually, a series of starvation-induced physical and psychological changes threatens control over eating and motivates more conscientious efforts to reduce. The result is a truly vicious circle of weight loss, hunger, and fear that will become a deadly noose if the process is not acknowledged and reversed....   [tags: Papers]

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Energy Bars: Glycemia and Insulemia

- Energy Bars: Glycemia and Insulemia         Today many people are substituting normal meals with energy bars in hopes of losing weight. These energy bars seem to be an easy way to diet without having to hunt down the proper nutritional meals; the meal is already prepared for you in the bar. There are a few questions being raised about this method of dieting however. The issue addressed in this paper is the use of energy bars that either have low carbohydrate levels or that use lower glycemic index carbohydrates....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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Eating Disorders in Adolescents

- Eating Disorders in Adolescents The eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are complex psychosomatic illnesses. Underlying biological diatheses related to the regulation of mood, hunger, satiety, weight control, and metabolism, combined with psychological and sociocultural vulnerabilities, place an individual at risk for developing an eating disorder (Kaplan and Garfinkel, 1993). The American Anorexia Nervosa Association defines anorexia as a ‘serious illness of deliberate self-starvation with profound psychiatric and physical components.’ It is a complex emotional disorder that initiates its victims on a course of unsettled dieting in pursuit of excessive thinness (Neuman...   [tags: Papers]

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Men and Eating Disorders

- Men and Eating Disorders About seven million women across the country suffer from eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia and, as a result most research involving these disorders have only been conducted on females. However, as many as a million men may also suffer from these same disorders. Women are not the only people prone to disliking what they see when they look into the mirror. Now a days more men are worried about their body shape. Clinical reports tell us that one in ten men suffer from eating disorders....   [tags: Papers]

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Diet Misconceptions

- It is a well-known fact that women have always worried about their weight. In fact, they worry about it so much that in a recent poll done by NBC and the Meredith Corporation, it was discovered that women in the United States worry more about weight than they do about cancer (Davies). Fearing fat cells more than mutated cells. It may not be so crazy. The national weight has skyrocketed in recent years, with much of the blame being laid on fast food restaurants and our sedentary lifestyles, but what if there’s a more detrimental contributing factor....   [tags: Nutrition ]

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Eating Disorders

- Introduction Eating disorders are conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. People that have an eating disorder will have a negative view of their body image and generally try to control their weight by exercising excessively, purging, or dieting. According to National Eating Disorders Association (2008), approximately 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, which includes (but is not limited to) anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder....   [tags: anorexia nervosa, bulemia, health]

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Group Paper

- Group Paper Anorexia is characterized by a significant weight loss resulting from excessive dieting. The strong desire to be thin and a fear of becoming obese motivate so many women and an increasing number of men, to begin dieting. Anorexics consider themselves to be fat, no matter what their actual weight is. Often anorexics do not recognize they are underweight and may still “feel fat” at 80 lbs. Anorexics who are close to death will reveille the parts of their body where they feel they need to loose weight....   [tags: essays papers]

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Understanding Eating Disorders

- 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....   [tags: Psychology]

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Abstinence Experience Assignment

- After reading about the abstinence experience assignment, giving up the daytime show “The Young and the Restless” came to mind. However, my immediate answer to myself was “no way.” I attempted to think of something else that would be more difficult. I find it odd that dieting did not come to mind during my pre-contemplation stage. I kept trying to come up with something other than giving up my favorite show. I attempted to minimize the impact that missing the show would have on me by telling myself that the Young and the Restless show really is not be a big deal ; I needed to find something else that would give me a true feel for what a person who is attempting to abstain fro...   [tags: Addiction]

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Bulimia and Anorexia

- Anorexia is rooted in both nature and nurture. The nature and nurture are sometimes based on the bad genes of the father and the mother. The bad genes produce faulty neurotransmitters and circuits.(“Case”) The biological underpinnings are only part of anorexia the mechanics is careful not to dismiss the point of the studies to culture and psychological issues of and catalysts for eating disorders. (“Case”) The studies are put together. This teenage girl in Fijian caused bad eating disorders in just three years....   [tags: Psychology]

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Food and Nutrition

- Proper nutrition is one of the most essential elements to being healthy and living a long life. People deal with food every day, and food has been a part of life since the beginning of civilization. What we eat becomes our diet, and our diet plays a major role in deciding how healthy we are and how well our body functions. Without proper diet, our body cannot carry out the functions it needs to perform. Most people have some common knowledge on what is good and what is bad for the human body to consume....   [tags: Nutrition ]

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Ethics in Advertising

- An American unnoticeably views three thousand advertisements in a day, many of which use women and sex appeal to get consumers’ attention (Kilbourne). Advertisements subconsciously affect our lives, and often times not in a good way. Also, women and young girls are usually the ones that compare themselves to thin models featured in ads. Advertisements not only impact how women view each other, but also how they view themselves. Women and girls strive to look like the retouched and Photoshopped models, which can lead to serious issues including eating disorders, extreme dieting, and excessive plastic surgery....   [tags: Marketing]

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The Obesity Epidemic

- Millions of Americans and people worldwide are overweight or obese. Obesity develops when “calories consumed exceeds calories expended” (“Obesity and Genetics”). “Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s,” and in the present day it is estimated that “two – thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese” (Ogden). Being overweight or obese highly increases the risk of deadly health problems, therefore this statistic states that the majority of the United States population is at risk of obtaining life–threatening diseases....   [tags: Economic Environment, Healthy Diet]

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Teenage-Onset Anorexia Nervosa

- According to the DSM-IV anorexia nervosa is characterized by a refusal to maintain body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea (Polivy). According to the Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, “up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States” (Siber 331). Anorexia is seen to affect girls in their adolescence and is rarely seen to affect men. A person suffering from anorexia has a fear of being overweight and weighs 15% less than her ideal weight....   [tags: Patients with Eating Disorders]

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Citizen of Autism

- ¬Autism spectrum disorder is a complex disorder of the brain development. It can range from social impairment, difficulties in speak and communication, pattern behaviors. It is a growing disorder. According to Autism speak, “ An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.” (What Is Autism) Autistic disorder is the worst case of Autism a person can have....   [tags: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Development]

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Vegetarianism for Dummies

- ... The documentary examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. (Wiki) The film for me shined light on the dark aspects of American food industries, influenced me to do further research on the topic, and evidently considerably influenced my perspective of food. While the vision of animal cruelty painted in the film ultimately made me decide to become a practicing vegetarian, I would mainly blame my continued lifestyle choice on the benefits that I experienced when I initially made the transition as well as the harsh realities of the unsanitary...   [tags: food, health, nutricious]

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- Do you know anyone who had lost a large amount of weight in an extremely short period of time but gained it all back again. If you do, that person probably resorted to extreme dieting techniques. Extreme dieting can be defined as restricting calories or fundamental food groups in an unhealthy way. With the number of obese people in America growing, it is no wonder that more and more people are starting to diet in unsafe manners. A huge problem that arises is when teens start restricting their food and essential nutrients, which can be very harmful to their still-developing body....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Women and Advertisements

- Women and Advertisements The average American is exposed to hundreds of advertisements per day. Advertisements targeted toward females have an enormous effect on women's thoughts, attitudes, perceptions, and actions. Most of the time, women don't even realize these advertisements are formulating self-image issues. These ideals surround them daily and they become naturalized to the ads. Advertising creates an entire worldview persuading women to emulate the images they see all around them. In order to create a market for their products, companies constantly prey upon women's self esteem, to feel like they aren't good enough just the way they are....   [tags: Beauty Media Essays Advertising Marketing]

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Health and Diet

- Health and Diet Abstract: With my personal life experience I'd like to clarify that a healthy diet and physical exercises help to lose weight. This passage introduces some scientific means to keep fit and, from both sides, indicates the effection that it may have brought along. Another point is that one should choose an appropriate way according to his personal case. Frustration and troubles are often met, but how to deal with them depend on ourselves. What is cricial is about persistence, optimism and rationalism....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Bulimia Nervosa: Meg's Story

- Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia is one of the many eating disorders found among Americas today. People with eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, spend every day locked inside the mindset that they are fat. Someone with bulimia nervosa eats as much food as they can in one sitting and then purges the food they just consumed. Purging can be many things; for example forced vomiting, the use of laxatives, also over exercising can be a form of purging. People purge to get rid of the excess calories or fat after they consume large amounts of food....   [tags: Eating Disorders]

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Surgical Treatment of Obesity

- A rising health epidemic that America is currently facing today is obesity. This is becoming very wide spread among all races and class levels due in part to the abundance of inexpensive food available, most notably, fast food restraints . There are literally thousands of diet books available but due to the extreme will power many of these programs demand, more and more people are turning to weight loss surgery as a final solution. The most popular procedures being Gastric Bypass, and Lap Band surgery....   [tags: Health]

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Experiences that Molded Me

- Upon reading the essay prompt, I took a few moments to introspect. I thought back to every experience that helped mold me into the person I am today. As human beings, we are influenced by many aspects of our surroundings. Even as children, we develop certain attributes through observation, or through conditioning by our parents. These attributes may not be always positive, but the combination of both positive and negative qualities form the people we are today. No one is perfect; nevertheless, some are fortunate enough to have their strengths outweigh their weaknesses....   [tags: personal reflections]

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Psychology and Negative Behavior

- Psychology is all around us, and the truth of the matter is that despite what anyone might think or feel about psychology, it is important. Psychology is involved with the scientific study of mental function and behavior. In other words, psychologists seek to understand how it is that our mind works; they try to explain what motivates us to behave in the way we do. And then there is media, which is perhaps the most influential force affecting the minds and behaviors of billions around the world....   [tags: violence, eating disorders, obesity]

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eating disorders

- Eat to live – don’t live to eat (or not to). This is very hard for a person with an eating disorder to understand since food is their tool for handling the stress and anxiety in their lives. Eating disorders affect millions of Americans each year (Eating Disorders 1). The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Compulsive Overeating. These disorders are serious, and, when taken to extremes, can be life threatening as well. All eating disorders arise from a combination of long-standing psychological, interpersonal, and social conditions (Gurze 24)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Anorexia Nervosa

- Anorexia nervosa is one of many types of eating disorders that is influenced by the media, dieting programs, low-carb and fat free foods, and by the obsession to be thin. These influences make the person insecure, tense, and narrow-minded. Anorexia nervosa is when a person demonstrates abnormal eating pattern and loses severe weight, usually fifteen percent of his or her body weight. It is also a complicated mixture of emotional, psychological, and physical changes, it is often referred to as “ the starvation sickness” or “the dieter’s disease” (Kirkpatrick)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Affect of the Mass Media on Society's View of a Woman's Ideal Weight

- The Affect of the Mass Media on Society's View of a Woman's Ideal Weight Over a period of time societies view of the ideal woman and their weight has dramatically changed. According to Joan Jacobs Brumberg (an author of a popular book, Fasting Girls) in the 19th century, "bigger was considered better." Back then "the larger a man's wife was, the more she was seen as a good provider. Today, however, fat is seen as unhealthy and being "thin is in." Now when we see an overweight woman we tend to stereotype them as "lazy" and "sloppy" and we equate slenderness with being successful and attractive to men (Michael Levine, 1987)....   [tags: Papers]

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Importance of Weight and Physical Appearance in Figure Skating, Running, and Dance

- Importance of Weight and Physical Appearance in Figure Skating, Running, and Dance Do sports that demand intensive training such as figure skating, running, and dance, place an unhealthy emphasis on the weight and physical appearance of athletes. Participation in athletics has many benefits. Young athletes improve their physical and mental health, self-esteem, and self-confidence from their participation in competitive sports (Burney, 1998). In sports like gymnastics, dance, figure skating, and running, where athletes are to be judged in part on their physical appearance, there is a high percentage of disordered eating....   [tags: Health Weight Loss Essays]

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The Media: Does It Shape Societies View on Femininity?

- The Media: Does It Shape Society's View of Femininity. The question answers itself. Yes, the media definitely influences today's society via messages through the television, radio, magazines, and billboards. It seems that in today's day and age to even be “noticed” as a woman one must be tall, skinny, blonde, and countless other things that the “average woman” could only hope for. Today, if one is not comfortable with who or what they are, they may encounter many dilemmas. I found three convincing reasons to support my claim: the rise of eating disorders throughout history, percentages and statistics, and my own personal experience....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Silent Epidemic: Eating Disorders among College Women

- A Silent Epidemic: Eating Disorders among College Women For Jennifer Keagan, high school was a thrill. She was one of the most popular girls in school. She was valedictorian, homecoming queen, student body president, an honor roll student, and the list goes on. She always strived for perfection. Life was easy for Jennifer. She always got what she wanted. Unfortunately, this all came to a halt when it was time for her to face an all new reality: college. Jennifer was no longer around her friends and family....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Comparing Weight Loss Diets and Energy Supply

- Comparing Weight Loss Diets and Energy Supply Ironically, for a country where the majority of its population is considered obese by its own standards, dieting is more popular than ever in the United States. With the heightened popularity of dieting in American culture, it’s no surprise that a plethora of commercially endorsed weight-loss diets exist, however the effectiveness of these diets vary. Despite the large amount of existing weight-loss diets, a substantial amount of popular diets emphasize either limiting the consumption of saturated fat or carbohydrates1 in order to lose weight....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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Weight Loss and a Well Balanced Diet

- Weight Loss and a Well Balanced Diet When choosing a diet, more than just weight loss should be considered. In addition, other health factors should be looked at as well. The Atkins diet, being a low carbohydrate diet, does not take into account factors other than weight loss and puts participating subjects at risk for long and short-term health problems. In contrast, the most healthy and effective way of losing weight is to reduce fat and simple carbohydrate intake. Instead, a healthful diet should consist of complex carbohydrates, and good proteins, to include fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and legumes....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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Pro-Ana Websites - Online Communities for Anorexics

- Pro-Ana Websites - Online Communities for Anorexics “Say it now and say it loud: I'm anorexic and I'm proud.” This is a rallying cry that some women suffering from anorexia, otherwise known as “pro-anas,” post to one another over the Internet. Pro-Ana, meaning pro-anorexia, is an Internet community of anorexics who have no desire to recover; rather they want to live their lives being “the best anorexic they can be.” Pro-ana websites are rapidly evolving to promote eating disorders as a lifestyle rather than a life threatening disease....   [tags: Anorexia Internet Eating Disorder Essays]

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Anorexia and Bulimia - A Growing Epidemic

- Bulimia and anorexia is a growing epidemic in America. Bulimia and Anorexia can start at any age, but is most common between the ages of 11-17 years old. Of all the individuals that experience this illness only 50% of all of them are ever cured, and another 6% that suffer from this horrible illness will experience death. This illness has become very deadly to our young adults. Bulimia and anorexia can cause a distorted image in a persons mind because they truly believe they are overweight. In their minds they are beyond doubt obese....   [tags: Causes of Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia]

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Anorexia Nervosa: An issue of control

- Anorexia Nervosa: An issue of control As medicine has progressed through the years, so have the avenues for diagnosing the various causes of many disorders. Recently there have been new discoveries about the disorder anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder defined by a refusal to maintain body weight within 15 percent of an individual's minimal normal weight. (2) Other essential features of this disorder include an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted body image, and amenorrhea (absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles when otherwise expected to occur) in women....   [tags: Eating Disorders Health Papers]

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Essay on Eating Disorder - Dying to Be Thin

- Dying to Be Thin Seeing an empty box of over-the-counter diet pills in the bathroom at school a couple of weeks ago really got me thinking: what is the ideal body image that we throw at teenagers today. More and more we see people equate success and popularity with beauty and, especially, with being thin. The media, one of the biggest influences on young people, is crammed with images of "the perfect body," and American life seems to revolve around health clubs, diet pills, and fat-free foods....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Media Portrayal of Female and Male Body Image

- Media Portrayal of Female and Male Body Image Body image is a hot topic in the media. Unrealistic and unattainable are words that can be used to describe images in the media. Skinny, waif-like women and muscular, Rambo-like men are the idolized body images portrayed. In the media female models keep getting thinner and thinner while men keep getting more muscular. Many say the media and its depictions of the ideal body weight created the problems of low self-esteem, eating disorders, poor body concepts, and sexism through spotlighting unattainable body image icons....   [tags: TV Television Body Image]

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The Causes of Eating Disorders

- The Causes of Eating Disorders There is no single cause for eating disorders. A number of factors, including cultural and family pressures, chemical imbalances, and emotional and personality disorders collaborate to produce both anorexia and bulimia, although each disorder is determined by different combinations of these influences. Genetics may also play a small role. Between 40% to 96% of all eating-disordered patients experience depression and anxiety disorders; depression is also common in families of patients with eating disorders....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays]

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Problems Associated With Low-carbohydrate/High-protein Diets

- Problems Associated With Low-carbohydrate/High-protein Diets A diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in proteins is not a healthy weight loss method. This type of diet, such as the Atkins Diet, recommends eating foods that are high in fat and protein. However, there are no restrictions on the kinds of fat and protein that may be consumed; and there are no restrictions on caloric intake. This poses a problem because there are health risks associated with high amounts of fat and protein in the diet....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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Eating Disorders and Female Athletes

- Eating Disorders and Female Athletes INTRODUCTION Athletes are among the quickest, strongest, most flexible people in the world, so one would expect them to adhere to the latest health and fitness information, right. Not always. The problem is that the athletes often believe that more fit equals less fat. The death of Olympic gymnast Christy Henrich from anorexia nervosa began to bring the topic of athletes and eating disorders to the forefront. Research into the topic of eating disorders and athletes shows a few interesting findings....   [tags: Research Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Papers]

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Low Self-Esteem and Eating Disorders

- What is Self-Esteem... Self-esteem has recently been defined by Silverstone as "the sense of contentment and self-acceptance that stems from a person's appraisal of their own worth, significance, attractiveness, competence and ability to satisfy their aspirations" (Silverstone 1992). Self-esteem is the degree to which a person values and respects themselves, and is proud of their accomplishments. Self-esteem begins to develop in childhood, but it solidifies and gains momentum during the turbulent and trying years of adolescence....   [tags: Health Weight Loss Papers]

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Comorbidity issues in Eating Disorders

- Comorbidity issues in Eating Disorders If a person visited their doctor and described the following symptoms, what would you determine their diagnosis to be. The woman is in her late teens and for the past six months she has been having problems with eating. When she eats she must cut her food into very tiny pieces; these pieces are then counted and separated into foods that are healthy and those which may not be as healthy on the plate. Once she has separated the foods she will not eat the unhealthy ones and discards them....   [tags: Neurology Psychology Papers]

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Impulsive Behaviors and Eating Disorders

- Impulsive Behaviors and Eating Disorders This paper focuses on the issue of whether or not there is a discrepancy between those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in relation to the tendency to demonstrate impulsive behaviors. Impulsive behavior is defined as any of the following: substance abuse, stealing, sexual promiscuity, and self-injury and/or suicide attempts. A large number of studies have been conducted that examine the relationship between these behaviors and those with bulimia, (BN), restricting anorexics (AN-R), and anorexics that binge and purge (AN-BP)....   [tags: Weight Loss Papers]

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

- Eat, Drink and Be Merry This essay involves a very personal subject in my life and in the life of someone I hold very near and dear to my heart. A few years ago one of my closest friends whom I had known for most of my life told me under a cloud of tears, embarrassment, fear, and hope that she thought she had bulimia. I was the only one she had the courage to tell, and she felt that she had to tell someone because she had lost all control over her own actions, feelings, and thoughts. She felt that she couldn’t stop even if she wanted to....   [tags: Eating Disorders Bulimia Essays]

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Leadership and Good Physical Health

- Leadership and Good Physical Health Leadership has always been a key to my success in life. In today's business world, effective leadership at all levels is required. I use the same concepts in leading my family, as I do in my business and church. Leadership does make a difference. For example, my daughter is required to take a leadership class at the freshman level of high school. It is my desire that through this course I will be able to use the research findings about leadership to improve my own leadership style....   [tags: Weight Health Leaders Business Essays]

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Eating Disorders and the Media

- Eating Disorders and the Media What if you were surrounded by media messages telling you that, “people will like you more if you have the perfect body” or “being perfect makes people like you” . How do you think young female teenagers would interpret these messages that the media are portraying. 81% of ten year old girls are afraid of being fat, of being considered ugly. Why do you think ten year olds would ever care about how they look. It’s because of the media implying that being slim is beauty....   [tags: Female Body Image Weight Health Essays]

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An Obsession with Body Image

- An Obsession with Body Image Millions of Americans — women and men — have a secret obsession. They're obsessed with how they look, who wouldn’t like a flatter stomach. They worry that their thighs are too flabby, their breasts are too small, their arms are too scrawny, their face is too chubby, their body build is too small — any body part can become the focus of this obsession. Quite obviously, most people care about how they look. I have found that most of these insecurities are a prodigy of media: television, magazines, dolls, action figures, and so forth....   [tags: Papers]

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Healthy Diet and Nutrition Tips

- People in America are becoming more and more overweight. They are lacking information about nutrition. They don't know that certain foods can prevent certain diseases. Here's some information to help you understand the importance of eating and dieting right. OBESITY IN AMERICA It seems that in today's society, families are too busy to sit down and eat dinner at the table like a family. The parents are too busy with work, and the children have after school activities. So they just grab something quick to eat through the drive through at their local McDonalds, and don't even think twice about the lack of nutrition they are receiving....   [tags: Papers]

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Psychological Treatment for Eating Disorders

- Eating disorders have had a substantial affect on today's society. In a recent study of female high school and college students, it was found that 15.4% of these women met the clinical criteria for an eating disorder (Lemberg and Cohn 7). Anorexia and bulimia are the two main eating disorders that these students suffered from. Anorexia is defined as being the cycle of self-starvation and the fear of gaining weight as well as low self-esteem. Bulimia is defined as the cycle of over-eating, vomiting, dieting, and exercising in an attempt to rid the body of food (Hoffmann 3)....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis of Two Print Advertisements

- Analysis of Two Print Advertisements For this piece of coursework I will be looking at two different adverts made by the same company, Muller, and finding the techniques that are used and what the effect of these methods are on the reader. The first advert is for Muller light mousse. It has a picture of a large mousse pot in the foreground, which has been manipulated to make the viewer’s eyes believe that it is the end of a bath tub, and in the bath tub is a young couple, who are playing and having fun....   [tags: Papers]

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The Atkins Diet: Low-Carb Mania

- The Atkins Diet: Low-Carb Mania         Dr. Robert Atkins ignited the dieting world when he introduced the word “low carb mania,” which is now known as the Atkins diet. The diet claims that you can lose weight on a high fat, high protein diet. The program works on four main principles which are to limit the amount of consumption of simple carbohydrates, increase the intake of protein, to exercise on a daily basis, and to maintain proper food consumption. The new diet revolution has stirred up a controversial debate on whether the higher fat, lower carb diet is healthy in the long run for diet consumers....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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Coronary Heart Disease

- In the latest research, a study was based on the “dietary factors that were associated with Coronary Heart Disease risk factors.” Investigators hypothesized that healthy diet and exercise are absolutely connected with the risk factors of CHD. College students between the ages of 18 through 24 are usually recognized as really healthy students but in fact collegians are unaware of the risk factors of CAD. Being overweight, this is a very common risk factor, hypertension, high levels of triglycerides, and low cholesterol....   [tags: risk factors and possible solutions]

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The Causes of Obesity

- America has become a society obsessed with appearance, especially weight. We are conditioned at a young age to believe the only way to be normal is to be thin. This norm is projected to millions of Americans each day through television, magazines, billboards and every other form of media and advertising. How are people to know acceptance and happiness with themselves and others when our culture propagates what the perfect body should be. It is the search for the elusive, perfect body that has created a thirty- three billion dollars a year weight loss industry....   [tags: Overweight Weight Obese Essays]

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South Beach Diet Fanatics

- South Beach Diet Fanatics Experts say many people are dieting because of the government's recent warnings about the U.S. obesity epidemic. About 64 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Yet helping people control their weight is a tricky issue. "It's a balancing act, because on the one hand, clearly we have concerns that more and more teenagers are becoming obese," said David Sarwer, associate professor of psychology and director of education at the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Eating Disorders in America

- Eating Disorders in America All over the world, especially in the U.S. young women are trying to build new self image. They want to feel good about themselves, but are always dissatisfied with the way they look just because they don't have the body of a model . An eating disorder is a severe disturbance of a persons eating habits. The person's behavior in regards to food and eating becomes noticeably different. The 1960's promoted the flat-chested hipless look. It began with a British Teenager named Twiggy, who was 5'7" and 92 pounds....   [tags: Papers]

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Teen Obesity

- One of the most prevailing problems in a teen’s life is obesity. It affects between 5 and 30 percent of children in the United States which conveys there may be about 12 million teens that suffer from obesity in the United States today. According to a chart called Percentage of Overweight Teens ages 12-19, during the years 1980 to 2000 the number of obese teenagers in the United States has tripled from 5 to 15 percent. Teen obesity is caused as a result of several factors. One dominant factor that leads to teenage obesity is lack of exercise....   [tags: Health and Nutrition]

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Women's Struggles

- Life is not easy, nor has it ever been. Thousands of years ago, prehistoric man focused his attentions on simply surviving. Everyday he awoke to daily struggles, whether it was obtaining food, shelter, or clothing; that list does not even include fending off the occasional hungry saber-toothed tiger or voracious pack of wolves. Fortunately, achieving these basic needs has become easier since then thanks to technology and innovation. As a result of improved quality of life, however, new difficulties have arisen....   [tags: Women's Rights]

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Comparitvie Critique

- Obesity is a growing problem and it is prevalent in all ages of society. America is no exception; in fact, America is the leading source of obesity. The obesity problem is tackled by Greg Critser and Mary Ray Worley. In Critser’s article, “Too Much of a Good Thing,” he explains how obesity takes place not only in adults, but also in children. In fact, twenty-five percent of Americans under the age of nineteen are obese (289). Parents can be held responsible for developing good eating habits for their children (289)....   [tags: Health, Obesity, Nutrition]

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Eating Disorders

- Fingerprints mark the glass. She stands, glaring at that girl. She glares at the round rolls that fall over her arms, thighs, and stomach. Flabs call her to attention, releasing flowing bile up her throat. She gags and sputters. So hideous. So disgusting. So obese. She takes a step backwards. She takes another, and another, and another. Her feet catch on the floor and she falls, a Goliath falling to the ground. Screams echo from the walls. She covers her ears, but she can’t escape the noise. She screams back at that girl, who went from frightened to raving....   [tags: anorexia nervosa, bullying, professional help]

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Body Image

- Society is greatly affected by the media’s outlook on different aspects of life, it has a large effect on body image. Body image in America has been a growing problem for years as more young women feel the need to do anything they can to stay thin, trying to live up to what society has taught them is beauty. Many of these ideals have been presented through the media, social and general alike. However, there are also positive sides to the media and they are now doing positive things to improve body image in young women today....   [tags: media effect, psychology]

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Anorexia Nervosa

- dbodies. Whether it was the diet soda boom of the 80's, or the fact everyone has always been unhappy with his or her natural bodies; it just took me a while to comprehend. It always seemed like there were diets here, diets there; these drugs can do this, or these herbs can do that… "Stop the insanity!" This paper is going to discuss anorexia nervosa, an alarming disease that is usually developed during puberty of both boys and girls. Like bulimia, in which the subject binges and then disposes of ingested food by purging or use of laxatives, those suffering anorexia nervosa have an obsession with the amount of fat on her body (although one of every ten suffering this disease are...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Eating Disorders

- Eating Disorders are extremely prevalent in today's society. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are characterized by gross disturbances in eating behavior. These disorders typically begin in adolescence or early adult life, affecting as many as "1 in 100 females between the ages of 12 and 18 (Bronwell & Foreyt 312)." Anorexia Nervosa is a complex disorder where the individaul refuses to maintain body weight over a normal weight for age and height. Also present, is an intense fer of gaining weight or becoming fat (Waller, Quinton, & Watson 127)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Early Onset Anorexia

- Early Onset Anorexia In recent years, it seems that the public has begun to pay more attention to eating disorders. This trend could be a consequence of the heightened nutrition and fitness craze that the 1990's has brought about, or possibly a result of more intense and conclusive research studies. More clearly defined definitions of anorexia and bulimia in the DSM-IV may also have contributed to better diagnosis of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder that in the majority of cases will start when the patient is a teenager....   [tags: Eating Disorders Health Nutrition Essays]

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Adolescent Eating Disorders

- Adolescent Eating Disorders With children as early as age 7 showing dissatisfaction with their body, and as young as 9 starting dieting, eating disorders are a serious issue in our society. Taking a look at perceptions, behaviors, and medical issues associated with the disorders of anorexia and bulimia, scholars have tried to categorize and find answers to the problems which certain adolescents suffer. In this paper I focused on the two major eating disorders of anorexia and bulimia.      In 1978, Brunch called anorexia nervosa a 'new disease' and noted that the condition seemed to overtake ?the daughters of the well-to-do, educated and successful families.....   [tags: Health Weight Obesity Anorexia Essays]

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Various Eating Disorders

- Anorexia nervosa is the unrelenting pursuit of thinness. When a person has anorexia nervosa they weigh 85%, or less than, of what is estimated for their age and height. A person suffering from anorexia nervosa is petrified of becoming fat; they fear gaining weight even though they are distinctly underweight. The dangers of low weight isn’t apparent, or is denied by these people, and they’ll report feeling fat even when they’re exceptionally thin. In addition to this, anorexia nervosa also often consists of withdrawal, depression, irritability, and peculiar behaviors....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Women's Fitness Magazines

- Fitness Magazines Women’s fitness magazines are supposed to inform females how to get fit and be healthy; however, they continuously send messages to women that they have to fit certain standards of flawless skin, sex appeal, and dangerously low amounts of body fat. Women in their twenties and thirties are feeling the pressure from society to conform to body images seen in magazines, such as Heidi Klum who is 5’9.5’’and 119lb, Carmen Kass who is 5’10.5’’ and 114lb, and Elsa Benitez who is 6’ and 125lb (Magazine Dimensions 153, 162) (   [tags: Media Women Body Image]

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Satire About Anorexia

- Satire Local Anorexic Still Way Too Fat Staten Island, New York- Despite years of intense dieting and vigorous exercise, local anorexic Lucy Fernandez is still excessively fat. Reported Monday to the Staten Island Advance, Fernandez who stands five feet and weighs approximately ninety pounds is still overweight and needs to lose a few pounds. “I cannot believe how gross I look,” said the corpulent Fernandez, examining herself in a full-length bathroom mirror. “I am such a whale.” Pinching her bulky, misshapen body, Fernandez expressed frustration with her inability to transform herself into a reasonably svelte person....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Weigh Loss Myths

- 1)Myth: Dieting is a good way for me to lose weight. Fact: 95-98% of people who go on a diet gain back all the weight they lose plus more, according to a National Institute of Health study. If you talk to someone you know who is a long-term dieter, chances are they will tell you that they weigh more now than before they started dieting. Positive Step: The key to a healthy relationship with food is to eat when you are hungry, eat exactly what you are hungry for and stop when you are satisfied. When you eat in this way, your body will stabilize at its natural weight....   [tags: Health Weight Loss Exercise]

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Artificial Sweetners

- Artificial Sweetners Humans have always craved sweet foods. Nutritive sweeteners such as honey and sugar have been enjoyed since the beginning of time, and people were so active in the past that the caloric content of these products was a necessary addition to their diets. With the 20th Century came an era of sedentary lifestyles and convenience foods in the United States and throughout the civilized world, causing increased incidences of obesity and various chronic diseases. These changes in our world created new markets for dieting programs and calorie-free sugar substitutes....   [tags: Papers]

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Go Ask Alice

- Long Hard Road of Adolescence Reading through the novel, Go Ask Alice, finding out all of the unbelievable, yet true, experiences and feelings of Alice is quite shocking. No matter how shocking they may seem, you can very easily relate those experiences and feelings to those of a typical day-in and day-out teenager. Those characteristics being loneliness, a generation gap, and defiance. At the beginning of the novel, Alice finds herself to be very lonely. As like other teenagers, she goes through many emotional states that may lead to “dieting”, starving oneself, or binge eating....   [tags: alice]

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- Anorexia The purpose for this paper is to inform myself more on eating disorders since its becoming such an important issue in our society. REVIEW: DIETING: Dieting is currently at epidemic proportions. According to Hobbs and Johnson’s(1996) study, by the age of 18, more than fifty percent of girls perceive themselves as being too fat, despite having a normal weight. Anorexia nervosa is estimated to occur in 0.2 to 1.3 percent of the population, with annual incidence of five to ten cases per 100,000 population....   [tags: Papers]

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A Woman’s Place in Society Explored in Marge Piercy’s Barbie Doll

-      Society has a way of placing unrealistic expectations on women. By using television, magazines, billboards, and even toys we see a mold of what women are supposed to look like. In other words the perfect woman should look like a Barbie Doll. In Marge Piercy’s, “Barbie Doll,” we find a girl child growing up through the adolescence stage characterized by appearances and barbarity. Piercy uses lots of imagery to describe the struggles the girl experiences during her teenage years and the effects that can happen....   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Herbal Supplements on Mice

- Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Herbal Supplements on Mice Missing Histogram A nutritional scientist was trying to get a new herbal supplement approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Her belief is that the herbal supplement can improve endurance in humans. The scientist took 30 mice and split them into 15 groups of two mice. The two mice in each group are of the same species, have same diet patterns, and same size. One of the mice in each group was selected randomly and given the herbal supplement while the other mice was not given the supplement....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Weight Loss with the Atkins Advantage Bar

- Weight Loss with the Atkins Advantage Bar         The low carbohydrate Atkins Diet is the latest craze in the weight loss world. The high fat and protein content of the diet is successful at reducing weight because carbohydrates produce an elevated insulin response which in turn increases hunger and the craving for more carbohydrates. Thus, the level of insulin increase from the intake of an Atkins Advantage Bar is almost equal with the insulin levels after the intake of chicken. Meanwhile, the Zone Diet’s Balance Bar, which contains 40% carbohydrates, causes insulin levels to increase above that of chicken and the Atkins Advantage Bar....   [tags: Health Nutrition Diet Exercise Essays]

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