Eating Disorders Are A Grave Health Problem

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Abstract Eating disorders develop typically during adolescence. Triggers include a distorted view of an ideal body image, abuse, and the need to control a particular part of life. The eating disorders discussed include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder (BED). These eating disorders lead to severe physical and mental health problems that may require a medical intervention. Eating Disorders Often, the desire to lose weight or to become thin especially in women becomes an obsession. People’s obsession over their appearance has led to a growing number of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a grave health problem. Eating disorders “are characterized by a focus on body shape, weight, fat, food, and…show more content…
It could begin as a normal diet taken to extremes, eating only the bare minimum. Self-imposed rules are made of how much food they can eat daily and how much exercise is required after eating certain amounts of food. Sometimes, compulsive exercising help shed the pounds but leave the individual unhealthy looking rather than physically fit. There is a strong, overwhelming fear of putting on weight and anorexics are preoccupied with the way their bodies look. Anorexia may involve the use of laxatives, diet pills, or self-induced vomiting to lose or to keep weight off (Net Doctor, 2015). Victims may ignore their hunger, chew excessively and choose low calorie food (Eating Disorders, 2015). Anorexics do all these things to become thin, when reality, it makes their body better at storing fat rather than burning it. Anorexic’s starved bodies ache all the time, the skin bruises easily, muscles cramp and deteriorate, and the bowels stop working on their own. The mouth dries and the eyes fog and some actually go blind from food deprivation (Anorexia Nervosa, 2015). For women, menstruation stops, body hair starts to grow especially on the face and arms, and the hair on the head falls out. Dehydration, osteoporosis, kidney stones and kidney failure are common
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