Anorexia Nervosa And The Adolescent Self Essay

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The thought of a diet has crossed the mind of many females. Maybe she wants to lose a few pounds to fit in her prom dress, or get back down to her college size. However, what if the mental capacity of that person, would not let them end the diet. In her mind she is still fat, even if she weighed only ninety pounds, this happens to a female with Anorexia Nervous (AN).
Merriam-Webster.com defines Anorexia Nervous as: “a serious disorder in eating behavior primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss”. Fifth-teen percent of the people with eating disorders are male which leaves ninety-five to be female (Boskind-White 219). Author, Wendy Jones also agrees with Merriam-Webster.com that AN begins at adolescent, as she implies in her magazine article “Anorexia Nervosa and the Adolescent Self” it reads:
Often, anorexia surfaces around puberty, which is of course when the young person is searching for self identity; if the foundations of this are weak, for whatever reason, perhaps it is not surprising that this is when the illness develops. It seems likely, though, that all sorts of things are happening within the individual psyche prior to this, which could potentially be worked on earlier, with the aim of preventing the full-blown illness from developing.
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