Eating Disorders Are A Serious Health Problem

1468 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Often, the desire to become thin becomes an obsession. People’s obsession over their appearance has led to a growing number of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a serious health problem. Personal Counseling & Resources says that eating disorders “are characterized by a focus on body shape, weight, fat, food, and perfectionism and by feelings of powerlessness and low self-esteem.” Additionally, the media imparts a great deal of thinness on television, the Internet, and magazines that are viewed by millions of people every day leaving these individuals with a strong desire to look like models, actors and actresses. Abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual, can also contribute to the development of an eating disorder (Something-Fishy.com). Such abuse may leave individuals with a lack of trust and low self-esteem. Three common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating or compulsive eating disorder.
Anorexia is a disease involving self-starvation. Victims have a very low ideal weight. According to Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, an individual with anorexia “refuses to maintain normal body weight for age and height” and “weighs 85 percent or less than what is what is expected for age and height” (Anred.com). It might begin as a normal diet carried to extremes, reducing their food intake to a bare minimum. Rules are made of how much food they can eat I one day and ow much exercise is required after eating certain…
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