Eating Disorders : Eating Disorder

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Eating Disorders

Many people, both women and men of all ages, suffer from the psychological disorder, eating. Up to thirty million people in the world suffer from some kind of an eating disorder. There a two types of eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, and have several methods of treatment. What is an eating disorder, and what do they cause? Eating disorders are maladaptive and very serious interruptions in eating. They can come in the form of overeating, or not eating enough, they are often accompanied by severe misconceptions about body weight and body image. Eating disorders typically begin when the patient is a young adolescent, but can occur before then or many years after, they may be gentic, or occur on their own. Whatever age and reasons these behaviors start, it is still critical, and the patient needs to seek help immediately. The first type of eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, otherwise known as anorexia, is life-threatening weight loss. There are four main key points when observing the patterns of an anorexic person. The first being that the patient will not keep a normal body weight, they urge to get that number to a painstakingly low digit, and won’t bring it back up. That brings us to our second key sign. During this stage, the patient will not gain any weight in fear of seeing larger, mainly three digit numbers is severe cases, or becoming fat. Third, the patient, most often female, has the wrong image of her body. When looking in the mirror,…
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