Anorexia Nervosa And Its Effects On Society

1514 WordsJan 6, 20167 Pages
Millions of people are currently suffering from Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which people suffering drastically restrict food intake due to an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. There has been an unfortunate increase in people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa over the past several decades. Anorexia can be caused by a combination of social, interpersonal, and psychological factors that must be resolved through treatment. Anorexia is an extremely dangerous disorder that results in death for many people if not treated. Anorexia Nervosa can occur at any point in life, but is most common in men and women ages twelve through twenty-five. However, anorexia is more commonly found in young women and girls than males (). Unhealthy or odd weight management behaviors are particularly common in teens and adolescents. One study found that “Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives” (Neumark-Sztainer, 2005). Unfortunately for many teens, these unhealthy behaviors can develop into something more and eventually lead to anorexia or other eating disorders. Adolescents at this age and time in their lives are becoming more aware of their body image and comparing themselves to others. Many adolescents are so obsessive over their body image that they look to restricting food as a way of controlling
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