Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia Nervosa

1944 Words Nov 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Throughout the twenty-first century there has been a social demand to be thin. Many famous men and women in the acting and modeling industry are expected to be skinny and are photoshopped in their pictures to make them look smaller than they are, which the everyday people see. “When you consider the average weight of a supermodel, the $70 billion dieting industry, or the 6 million to 11 million people who struggle with eating disorders, you come to one conclusion: America is virtually obsessed with thinness” (Wolchover). Our world is determined to be skinny and people become so obsessed, that they will start to see themselves as larger than they truly are and will take serious measures to accomplish their dream of being thin. This “thin fantasy” develops into eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Although anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are both eating disorders where the person has a misperception of his or her own body and relies on starving/fasting, purging, and excessive exercise to lose weight, these conditions do vary in the way they are defined, diagnosed, and the effects they have on the body.
People may automatically associate eating disorders with women but they do affect both genders, more women have an eating disorder than men, but both men and women can develop one. A female might think that she isn’t small enough so she’ll turn to starving or purging to lose weight, but a male could feel a need to be muscular and fit, so he’ll turn…
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