Anorexia Nervos A Type Of Eating Disorder

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Anorexia Nervosa, a type of eating disorder, is occurring to many individuals in today’s time. To be diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa a person must meet the following criteria: going more than eight waking hours without eating, skipping meals, limiting the amount of calories being taken in, and eating as little as possible when meals are consumed (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Behaviors can be expressed to certain degrees and can ultimately be learned and acquired by other individuals. A person can be diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa even though they have never been exposed to it by a family member or any other individual they are in frequent contact with. Although, there can be a higher possibility to be diagnosed with Anorexia…show more content…
An individual with Anorexia Nervosa or any other eating disorder has many visible and invisible symptoms. Observed is the individual losing weight rapidly and dangerously, but not only are physical changes occurring. Other factors that can be affected by the individual experiencing Anorexia Nervosa are poor body dissatisfaction, social comparison, low self-esteem, and depression in eating disturbances (Green et al., 2009). The factors mentioned would fit into the mental challenges category compared to physical. Although these characteristics cannot be physically seen they can still be observed in how the individual expresses himself/herself to others. A previous study showed that there is a statistically significant relationship between eating disorders and unipolar depression, in which depression is a predictor for an eating disorder (Green et al., 2009). Depression like eating disorders has visible characteristics that can be observed and learned by others. Depression can be classified as a mental challenge that an individual with Anorexia Nervosa experiences. An individual experiencing depression can express symptoms to others and can therefore also be observed. The link between unipolar depression and eating disorders provides information relating to one of the mental challenges experienced and provides one of
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