Anorexia Nervosa And Its Influence On Society

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Anorexia Nervosa is mostly present in western countries. Anorexia nervosa has been increasing over years. Women are more affected by anorexia nervosa than men. (Makino, Tsuboi & Dennerstein, 2004). Anorexia Nervosa is defined as people starving for food as they are afraid to put on weight .People adopting the western culture find their ideal body type as slim, so they need to do exercise and should not eat fat to stay slim. Mass media has contributed a lot in influencing women in the western culture and is contributing to stereotype the ideal body type. Health professionals, need to do a work hard to find the reason behind people self starving as anorexia nervosa is considered as a serious illness which should be treated.
According to anthropologist, Sir Edward Burnett Taylor, culture is "that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.”(Stocking, 1995). Culture forms our behavior in society and we are influenced by culture. People suffering from anorexia nervosa are obsessed of being slim and have the phobia of putting on weight, thus they don’t eat fat at all and do excess exercise. Nervosa is a serious disease which needs to be treated seriously. Some researchers have found that anorexia nervosa is a culture bound syndrome. Nowadays, People are mostly influenced by the western culture, by the media ignoring their health because they have set a standard and they
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