Essay about Anorexia

1456 Words Nov 20th, 2012 6 Pages
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, there are over 24 Million people that suffer from eating disorders. What is an eating disorder though? The simple definition of this disease is that a person exhibits abnormal eating behaviors. There are many different variations to these disorders but they share many of the same characteristics such as: fear of becoming obese, obsession with thinness, food, weight, and even calorie counting. Of the many cases though what is the main cause of this disease? Can it be psychological, an environmental, or a biological factor? In this paper I will explore some of the reasons why people develop eating disorders and how it all factors into a …show more content…
The three main symptoms are an excessive amount of intake of food accompanied by self-induced vomiting, fasting and/or obsessive or compulsive exercise, and extreme concern with body weight and shape. The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles can damage the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions. Some health consequences of bulimia nervosa are irregular heartbeats, possibly heart failure and death, inflammation and possible rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting, tooth decay and staining from stomach acids released, irregular bowel movements and constipation. People struggling with bulimia nervosa usually appear to be of average body weight (National).
Physical appearance is not the only issue that this disease faces in people. They also face problems with psychological, environmental and biological issues in life. Since there is no clear way to tell which of these factors is the culprit of causing eating disorders, each factor needs to be looked at.
Environmental factors is plays one of the biggest roles in eating disorders. As a society, we are taught that looks matter. So what makes a person associate thinness with beauty? Many people are believing that the media has much to do with how people view themselves. The media has promoted the image of thinness through magazines, advertisement, and television…

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