Anorexia Nervosa and the Role of the Court

3011 WordsJun 20, 201813 Pages
Several pertinent factors favor enacting a law that would force an individual with a severe eating disorder to receive help. No matter what their age, whether eighteen, twenty-four, or thirty-six, people can still reach the point where they are so sick that the disease has taken over their ability to think logically. My heart is slowly breaking and searching for the answers as my sister seems to get sicker and sicker. I am helpless, yet I have a truth within me, the knowledge that a higher power has a plan etched in stone for each one of us. I believe my Heavenly Father has a beautiful plan, not only for my life, but also one for my sister. Right now she is merely a piece of broken glass that lacks the strength to reflect His light,…show more content…
Controlling every calorie consumed becomes a matter of sheer pride and gives them a sense of self-worth and accomplishment when they have achieved the "perfect" body (AABA). This habit turns dangerous, and often deadly, when the image of the "perfect" body becomes so distorted that they drop to fifteen percent below the normal body weight and still feel overweight. Their goal suddenly gets farther and farther away, and they increase to the point of starvation their efforts to reach it. An eating disorder has complex origins. Although most people think that an obsession with weight and appearance leads to this deadly disease, this is merely the surface issue. Along with the ultimate need for control, other causes can be genetic factors, parental influence, behavioral influence, environmental influence, and biochemistry. Many studies have found that eating disorders run in families. Almost always, it is the closely related females in the family who are affected. Some researchers believe that negative parental influence can come from both the maternal and paternal sides. Mothers often comment on their daughters' appearance, whether on their physical shape or on their ability to dress well. So often simple motherly love turns into a psychological desire for their daughters to be what they were not. Studies have found that these

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