Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa

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Eating Disorders Sean Boehm Abnormal Psychology Professor. Johnston Farmingdale State College Due November 24th 2014 An eating disorder is a disorder that specifically focuses on the person’s weight and these behaviors are so detrimental not only to their performance in their everyday life but to their physical health. According to Hoeksema (2014) eating disorders can be characterized in three ways which include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa can be further broken down into two types which are anorexia nervosa restricting type, and anorexia nervosa binge/purge type. Eating disorders if approached early enough can be reversed with no damage or very minimal damage to the person.…show more content…
This disorder greatly varies from one person to the next and a contributor can be from cultural factors. Where one country accepts this severe form of thinness another may not. The media is also a major contributor for people accepting this extreme weight problem. Individuals then strive to make themselves exactly as these people depicted on TV are in fear that they are not perfect enough. It has also been shown that anorexia can cause heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, stomach problems, and a major reduction in bone density making it easier break a bone. Individuals that suffer from anorexia nervosa are often severely underweight due to the fact that they choose not to eat or eat so little that the amount of cariole’s that they are taking in isn’t enough to sustain their body. Individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa have a distorted image of the way there body looks otherwise called a body dimorphic disorder. They always see themselves as fat and they turn to starving themselves to help lose the weight. These individuals also have a great fear of gaining weight but because they choose either not to eat or eat very little there is no chance of them to gain any form of weight. Anorexia effects both men and women but with women this serve drop in weight effects there ability to be able to menstruate. This is a condition otherwise known as amenorrhea. An example of
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