Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia Nervosa

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An eating disorder is defined as any range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. In the United States alone, 10 to 20 million men and women have suffered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest death rate of any other mental disorder. Researchers say that one in every ten person who has an eating disorder will die from it. Eating disorders can kill the victims if it is not treated in time. People who have eating disorders begin to experience deterioration of their bodies. The two major types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
One of the descriptions of anorexia nervosa was during the 12th and 13th centuries. A woman, Saint Catherine of Siena, ceased her intake of food for a spiritual denial of herself. During the 16th century people who had self-discipline and practiced abstention were suspected to be witches and were burned at the stake. In the 17th century all the way through the 19th century anorexia was perceived to be an endocrine disorder and was treated with pituitary hormones. As anorexia became more public in the 1970s, it began to be seen more among the upper class. Bulimia was first seen during the Middle Ages. The wealthy would vomit during their meals so that they could continue to eat. The very first clinical paper about bulimia came out in 1979. Cases of both anorexia and bulimia rose in the 1970s as well as in the 1980s.
According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, Anorexia…
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