Eating Disorders Are An Abnormal Approach Towards Food

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Eating disorders are an abnormal approach towards food, causing severe changes to eating habits and behavior. (NHS, 2015). A person suffering from an eating disorder compulsively focuses on their weight and body shape. Eating disorders involve range of conditions that have an impact on individual’s personal life as well as affecting an individual physically and socially. The most commonly known eating disorders are:
• anorexia nervosa
• bulimia nervosa
• overeating – binge eating disorder
Anorexia nervosa
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is serious mental health disorder, which involves disturbed perception of body image (size and shape) along with obsessive desperation of being slim (National Centre for Eating Disorders, 2009). Symptoms of anorexia include, for instance:
• Significantly underweight due to restricted diet.
• Dizziness caused by slow heart rate. The heart beats more slowly in order to protect its weakened muscle (Healthtalk, 2015). As a result, the blood pressure is lowered. Blood circulation is also poor resulting in other problems – blood vessels are constricted (shrunken).
• Feeling cold as result of lack of nutrients, poor blood circulation and low body fat. The role of body fat is important as it stores energy and helps the body endure cold. As anorexic people have too little body fat, they do struggle to maintain their body temperature therefore they feel cold most of the time.
Causes of anorexia nervosa
The precise causes of anorexia are unknown; most…
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