Anorexia Essay

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The Causes and Effects of Anorexia

     When I think of anorexia, a few things come to mind. I think of really bad episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and Baywatch in which females, ususally teenagers, starve themselves and take diet pills. The eating problem is always resolved within the timespan of one 30 minute episode. From the research I've done thus far on anorexia, I now know that this is a very unrealistic representation of what is actually a very serious disease.

     The purpose of this study is twofold. First, I have done extensive research on the causes and effects of anorexia. Secondly, I will produce a survey that asks basic questions about anorexia. I will give these to
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     Another widespread misconception about the disease of anorexia is that it is a new disease. Actually, doctors say that anorexia has its roots centuries ago. Through different time periods, people have fasted for a number of reasons, they say. People fasted in Biblical times to pay reverence to God or just to exercise self-discipline. Anorexia has been around almost as long as man.(Deth and Vandereycken, 1990)

     Basically, anorexia is spread as easily as any other disease. The disease in itself is not contageous, of course; it is spread through society and the media. For example, what is known as the "Barbie doll syndrome" is the main cause of such a mental disease. People starve themselves so that their bodies will match their fashion role models. One strong example of this is the "waif" look that came into mainstream fashion a few years ago. The "in" style was to like like Kate Moss, and girls would do what they had to do to accomplish this

look. Usually, this meant cutting a few meals out of the day.

Fashion, music, movies, television, and radio all contribute to the spread of anorexia.(Bruch, 1979)

     The start of anorexia in a particular patient can be difficult to pinpoint. It tends to begin during childhood, and it is usually sparked by some sort of change. These changes can be: going away to camp, switching

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