Eating Disorders : An Eating Disorder

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0.9 percent of women and 0.3 percent of U.S men develop anorexia, while 1.5 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men develop bulimia during their lifetime. According to Weir (2016), serious conflicts with one’s diet caused by any illnesses is known as an eating disorder. Weir (2016) goes on to explain the origins behind eating disorders in individuals. This topic is important because, in the United States, many women and men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life. It is important to know the influences that cause an individual to experience an eating disorder. Genetically, or environmentally, or both genetically and environmentally. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are…show more content…
Since ancient times, the nature vs. nurture issues has been a huge debate. Even to this day, psychology still debates over the nature vs. nurture issue. The Greek philosopher, Plato, supposed that individuals inherit character and intelligence and that certain ideas are natural. Aristotle opposed that there is nothing in the mind that does not first come through the senses. Charles Darwin theory of natural selection added to the nature side of the debate that nature plays a role in what is already embodied in us. (Myers, 2014, p. 5-6) The nature vs. nurture issue relates to the theme of this article because nature and nurture both play a role in an individual developing an eating disorder. The nature side of the eating disorder is an individual can inherit an eating disorder from a parent, or grandparent. Whether it’s the same eating disorder or not, an individual can develop one of the eating disorders if an older relative had one. The nurture side of the eating disorder is society’s idea of a perfect body. Their idea of a perfect body is skinny and that makes young women and men feel insecure about their body and they soon develop an eating disorder. In addition to the environment being an influence on individuals developing an eating disorder, eating disorders also have biological causes. According to Weir (2016), an important feature of the disorders is the faulty reward processing system. The process guides the eating behaviors. The

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