Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa

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Eating disorders are characterized by a high preoccupation with weight and an intense dissatisfaction with one’s body image (Institute of Psychiatry, 2015). Some of the most common Eating Disorders (EDs) include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder, however it is important to note that not everyone fits neatly into any of these categories and could display symptoms and behaviors interchangeably. People who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa can be characterized as having very low body weight and being involved in various weight loss activities including being highly food-restrictive and possibly over-exercising (Mascolo et al., 2012). Anorexia also has the highest mortality rate among all the mental illnesses, which includes suicide rates as well as death from physical ailments related to the disorder (Hausswolff-Juhlin et al., 2015). Victims of Bulimia Nervosa are usually of normal weight or slightly overweight and go through periods of binge eating immediately followed by self-induced methods of elimination such as purging and/or extreme use of laxatives. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is similar to Bulimia, however victims of BED are mostly obese due to their binge eating not being followed by self-induced purging (Chelvanayagam & Newell, 2015).
The population most commonly affected by EDs is women between the ages of 15 and 25 up to 7-10% of the cost of healthcare system, but children as young as 7 years old have also been diagnosed. Older men and women have also…
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