Eating, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders

1145 Words Jun 17th, 2018 5 Pages
In 2010, eating disorders had a reported 7,000 deaths each year. Not only this, but 3%-5% of children under the age of 18 have an anxiety disorder. Also 15% of all bipolar disorder patients have committed suicide. Eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders are all prevalent today throughout all ages. Even middle schoolers.
Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that usually involve eating too little or too much food to the harmful point of both physical and mental health. Most commonly heard is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is the extreme restriction of food to a point of extreme weight loss and self-starvation. This eating disorder has two subtypes. The binge/purge type
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Homosexual men are also at a greater risk, as they may want a partner who is either more muscular or thinner, and this may lead to certain eating disorders.

Some symptoms of an eating disorder may include weakness, weight loss, sensitivity to the cold, failure in growth, or unexplained hoarseness (which would be a result of acid reflux).

A study taken by the Public Health Agency of Canada found that 1/2 girls and 1/5 boys in their Sophmore year of high school wanted to lose weight or were on a diet. In adolescent boys, eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness, and an estimated 3% of men will be affected by an eating disorder in their whole lifetime. An increase of 34% of hospitalizations for eating disorders in general hospitals since 1987 was found for young men under 15 years and an increase of 29% for men between 15-24 years old. Those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender were found to have about twice the rate of eating disorders national average for women and 3.5 times higher for men. In a 2014 report found in Salon, an estimated 42% of men with an eating disorder were identified as gay/bisexual.

It was found in 2005 that 75-80% of female adolescents with access to treatment recover from an eating disorder, but less than half of males do. It was also found that up to 20% of those suffering from an eating disorder die
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