Eating Disorders And Anorexia Nervosa

1857 Words Nov 24th, 2016 8 Pages
Although there is a relationship between the wanting the “perfect” body and eating disorders, there is no general agreement as to what the main cause of eating disorders really is. The prevailing belief is that eating disorders are a product of one or more behavioral, biological, and social factors including genetics, horrible experiences, being traumatized, being a victim of peer pressure, being teased and family members with eating disorder. 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 the way they look. 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…
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