Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa

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Introduction
When one thinks of the topic “eating disorders” the image of a very sickly looking and thin women comes to mind. Yet, eating disorders come in all ranges affecting both males and females. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder are three diagnostic categories, anorexia and bulimia being the most common. These disorders include extreme emotional and behavioral problems surrounding food and weight issues. Eating disorders are very dangerous and can be life threatening.
Anorexia nervosa is what most individuals are most familiar with. Anorexia Nervosa is when a person intakes little to no food causing extreme weight loss. Serious obsession and fear of body image will prevent the individual to gain weight causing them to continue on with this behavior. Bulimia Nervosa is when an individual frequently consumes large amount of foods followed by methods of purging such as self-vomiting to prevent weight gain. Binge eating disorder consists of consuming very large amounts of food without the thought to prevent weight gain. Feelings such as shame and guilt play a major role in this behavior some may classify it as “eating their emotions.”

History
It is suggested that eating disorders have existed for centuries. Culture has been a great factor leading to the development and increase of eating disorders. History shows that since ancient times, Ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures have proof indicating ritual fasting for periods of time but not to the extent seen in…
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