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. One characteristic of an eating disorder is anorexia nervosa. This characteristic as described by Hoeksema (2014) is seen as a person who intentionally prevents themselves from engaging in the consumption of food and results to starving themselves because they feel that they need to lose weight. Anorexia nervosa commonly begins at adolescence and even young adulthood. Surgenor & Maguire (2013) have both proven that anorexia has the largest cause of death compared to all other disorders. The common physical symptoms of anorexia nervosa are extreme thinness, hair loss, and a frail figure usually showing bones from a lack of nutrients. There also are emotional/behavioral type symptoms that are associated with anorexia such as a lack of…
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