Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa

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According to ANAD Eating Disorder Statistics about thirty million people in America of all ages and genders suffer from one of the three main eating disorders. Many people suffer from more than one of the eating disorders. Only 1 in 10 individuals receive the treatment that is needed to recover(ANDA). Often eating disorders are known to be triggered by outside factors in their life, but studies show that it is more likely to be a part of their genetics. According to Webster the definition of an “Eating Disorder” is “Any of several psychological disorders (as anorexia nervosa or bulimia) characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior.” Anorexia Nervosa is one of the three main eating disorders. It has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses(ANAD). Anorexia Nervosa is defined as a loss of appetite for food or refusing food in order to lose weight. Out of all of the psychiatric disorders Anorexia Nervosa is the only one that has a physical symptom as one of the diagnostic criteria(Schellenberg). Bulimia Nervosa is the second of the three main eating disorders. 1% of women develop bulimia(Eating). Bulimia is known as an individual consuming a vast amount of food and then disposing of it through self-induced vomiting, the use of diuretics, or excessive exercising. The third main eating disorder is Binge Eating Disorder. Individuals who develop this disorder feel out of control while they are eating and tend to eat very large amounts. Binge eating is known…
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