Eating Disorders : An Eating Disorder

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Our society’s idealistic beauty standards has influenced many people to take drastic measures in order to obtain their body goal, thus causing an eating disorder. An eating disorder is a psychological condition that is characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. There are three types of eating disorders; which are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating.These disorders affect all aspects of a person’s life, including their psychological, emotional, and physical health. There are many factors that contribute to individuals developing eating disorders including: genetics, family pressures, athletics, lack of knowledge, and the media. We need to make people aware that no age, race , gender ,or sexual orientation is…show more content…
An individual with Anorexia is unable to recognize the severity of their condition; they are so far gone into their disorder, all they can see is a shrinking number on a scale. “ In Anorexia Nervosas’ cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally. Thus, the body is forced to slow down all of its processes to conserve energy .” (NEDA. “Health Consequences, Including Mortality”). The symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include: abnormally slow heart rate, low blood pressure, reduction of bone density, muscle loss and weakness, fainting, fatigue, and overall weakness. According to Walter Kaye, in the article, “Mortality and Eating Disorders”, Anorexia Nervosa has a mortality rate of four percent (Walter.“Mortality and Eating Disorders”).
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by someone eating large quantities of food in a short amount of time, and then purging or taking laxatives in order to avoid gaining weight. Although Bulimia Nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, the exact cause of it is unknown. A few factors that may have a role in the cause of Bulimia are: genetics, family life, cultural background, society, and psychological and mental well-being. Unlike Anorexia Nervosa where someone may feel like they’re completely in control; Bulimia makes someone feel a
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