Eating Disorders And Anorexia Nervosa

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Although there is a correlation between the notion of an “ideal” body and eating disorders, there is no consensus as to the root cause of eating disorders. The general belief is that eating disorders result from one or more biological, behavioral, and social factors including genetics, unpleasant experiences/trauma, peer pressure, teasing, and family members with eating disorders, among others. There are numerous types of eating disorders. Both women and men are affected by eating disorders each day. Eating disorders can occur from an early age or become developed over time. Social media is an example of one of the main contributors of eating disorders because it makes people think they have to look a certain way to be considered “attractive.” Comorbid conditions often accompany eating disorders; these include anxiety and depression. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that are becoming more prevalent in the United States.
The most commonly known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa can be defined as “a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.” People with anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight and are obsessed with their self-image. These people either exercise excessively or to prevent them from obtaining any more weight, they will restrict the amount of food they eat. This can lead to a person becoming dangerously thin. There are two major…

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