Anorexia and Bulimia - A Growing Epidemic Essay

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Bulimia and anorexia is a growing epidemic in America. Bulimia and Anorexia can start at any age, but is most common between the ages of 11-17 years old. Of all the individuals that experience this illness only 50% of all of them are ever cured, and another 6% that suffer from this horrible illness will experience death. This illness has become very deadly to our young adults.

Bulimia and anorexia can cause a distorted image in a persons mind because they truly believe they are overweight. In their minds they are beyond doubt obese. Even if the person weighs only 95 pounds. This sickness has the person thinking they are overweight. This could bring about a severe bout of depression. Once the person hits the stage of depression
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They need to make sure that they eat and decide how much to eat so that they will not become an easy target to fall in the same old trap.
Some of the symptoms for anorexia and bulimia are not very noticeable. A signs of this behavioral is a person’s refusal to eat, or the person being very picky about what they eat. The
Also another symptom could be if the person is on a continuous diet and exercise all the time. (Erichsen) In addition if the person is sensitive to the cold weather or cold items this could be a sign too. People that have fear of gaining weight or becoming fat can as well become sufferers of this illness. The person that eats a lot of food, but their weight still stays the same can experience this problem. If a person goes to the bathroom after meals this could be a problem. If there are signs of vomiting or a smell of vomiting.(internet3)
Many girls worry about their bodyweight, but that does not mean
that they are anorexia or bulimia. Some of the boys and girls that have this illness can look in a mirror and see themselves as fat, but the real picture is that they are as thin as a sheet of paper. (Moe15) Some girls become anorexia so they can lose their menstruation cycle.(Moe10) This allows them to experience swelling of the lower legs and feet, or loss of sensation in the hands or feet due to dehydration.
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There are a lot of medical complications that go a long with this illness.
The illness can make people feel dull and out…

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