Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

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1. Using the cases of two eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa), or obesity, one can determine that health and illnesses are just as much of a societal and cultural issue, as they are a medical issue. Eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia are both mental illnesses. Anorexia nervosa involves starving oneself to avoid gaining weight, while bulimia involves binge eating followed by purging to avoid weight gain (Gerber and Macionis 2012). Both of these disorders stem from a fear of weight gain, and can result in health problems and sometimes death. Meanwhile, obesity is the condition of an individual who is greatly overweight. This condition can also result in medical issues. Societal and cultural factors such as …show more content…
Television and video games may also explain the lack of exercise in children today (Gerber and Macionis 2012). Food trends include larger portions of salty, fatty foods (Gerber and Macionis 2012). The trend of unhealthy eating habits has contributed to obesity greatly. In summary, it is beneficial to understand social trends as a societal issue because they prove to be just as important as medical issues. In the end, health issues and illnesses are equally affected by societal and cultural issues, as they are medical issues. Eating disorders and obesity are examples which prove this theory through poverty, gender differences, and societal trends.

2. There are many human factors that lead to environmental degradation. There are many major environmental problems faced in the world, a few include the world’s population, technology affects, and pollution affects. Luckily there are possible solutions to these problems; however, these solutions require people to change their behaviours, and provide large funding for projects to implement change, which many people may refuse to do. One human factor to environmental problems is the human population. A large population requires a lot of the environments resources and land, putting an incredible strain on the Earth (Gerber and Macionis 2012). If the Earth is over populated, and
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