A Brief Note On Anorexia And Bulimia Nervosa

1561 WordsSep 30, 20147 Pages
In today 's western society, an abundance of factors contribute to the way one thinks and feels about themselves physically, and essentially how one would act upon this. All over the world, messages and images of skinny women are engrossing people 's lives, leaving negative and long-lasting affects behind. Current beliefs of western culture suggest one must obtain a "perfect," which has become analogous to thin, physique in order to achieve happiness and success, causing many young women to feel negatively about themselves and potentially leading to dangerous eating disorders. Certain factors and beliefs of western culture, including the obsession with thinness, influence of the media, and society 's backlash against feminism, all play a critical role in contributing to these life-threatening illnesses. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two of the most common eating disorders. In both of these disorders, the sufferer may experience a fear of gaining weight and dissatisfaction with body appearance. What classifies one as bulimic is their binging followed by self-induced vomiting, versus those with anorexia who eat substantially less than normal with a primary goal of staying thin. If not treated carefully, the eventual consequence of these eating disorders is death. It is important to note the severity of bulimia and anorexia. As stated by the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), these disorders are both biologically based mental illnesses, known as BBMIs and
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