Eating Disorders Are On The Rise

1251 Words Nov 19th, 2015 6 Pages
It seems that in today’s world, eating disorders are on the rise. While this may be true, the numbers may appear to increase only because more cases are being released into the open. Millions of Americans upon all ages, every year are diagnosed with an eating disorder. “Studies have shown that 0.5 to 37% of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime” (mentalhealthamerica.net). “Research shows that eating disorders are likely the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors” (mobile.dudamobile.com). Although most of us would benefit from eating not as much and exercising a little bit more in order improve our health and fitness, simply watching what you eat is NOT an eating disorder. Eating Disorders are life-threatening illnesses which are at the same time, psychological and physical in nature. They are characterized by a wide variety of abnormal and hurtful eating behaviors which are accompanied and motivated by unhealthy thoughts, perceptions and expectations concerning eating, weight, and body shape. As a general outlook, individuals with eating disorders tend to have problems accepting and feeling good about themselves. They tend to think of themselves as "fat" and "ugly" because of their body size and shape, even when this self-judgment is objectively false. Eating disorders have been around since the 1870’s and still exists today with diagnoses increasing. The purpose of this paper is to find out what exactly an eating disorder is, how is one…
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