Disease Analysis: Anorexia Nervosa

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ANOREXIA NERVOSA Introduction A good number of people have "strange" eating habits. Some show extremely picky behavior when it comes to food and some eat particular foods at particular times ("Eating Disorders," 2006). However, serious eating disorders can be categorized as follows: Anorexia nervosa: when an individual self-starves himself/herself so that he/she can avoid obesity ("Eating Disorders," 2009). Anorexic people refuse to maintain their normal body weight which thus results in the malnourishment of the body ("Eating Disorders," 2006). Binge eating disorder: when an individual consumes large amounts of food briskly without purging ("Eating Disorders," 2006). Bulimia nervosa: when an individual engages himself/herself in repetitive incidences of binge eating. Afterwards, he/she tries to balance his/her weight by bringing on vomiting; taking large doses of laxatives or diuretics, slotting him/her in extreme work outs, practicing a rigid diet, or simply by being starved ("Eating Disorders," 2006). In general, the main victims of theses above-mentioned eating disorders are adolescent women or those females who are in the phase of young adulthood ("Eating Disorders," 2009). However, eating disorders are not uncommon among men. It is believed by some researchers that chemical disproportions in the brain cause anorexia nervosa and bulimia. On the other hand, many believe that societal ideals that exceedingly give importance to thinness (skinniness) have originated
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