Eating Disorders Essays

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When you think of the words “eating disorders”, you automatically picture someone who is thin. This is partly true because people who suffer from anorexia or bulimia are relatively thin, but what you did not know is that there is also an eating disorder that affects mostly those who are obese and it is called binge eating. Eating disorders are any of several psychological disorders characterized by serious disturbances of eating behavior (Merriam Webster, 2014), the best-known eating disorders are bulimia nervosa, binge eating and anorexia nervosa (Yancey, 1999). Not only do eating disorders have the highest mortality rate than any other mental illnesses, but it is estimated that in the U.S. twenty-four million
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There is not exactly a specific age group that bulimia tends to affect and because of this 1-2% of adolescents suffer from this disorder (NEDA Feeding Hope) It is estimated that 10-15% of bulimics are male, and gay men account for 14% of male bulimics (ANAD), although men are more reluctant to seek help because bulimia is considered a “women’s illness” (Colwell, 2012). Approximately 4% of females in the U.S will develop bulimia in their lifetime, according to Boston Children’s Hospital 1-5% of adolescents suffer from bulimia (Nordqvist, 2009), the mortality rate for bulimics is 3.9% with only 6% of both men and women seeking any help or treatment. (Eating Disorder Hope) There are many risk factors that play a role in whether or not an individual develops anorexia such as: being bullied, victims of physical or sexual abuse, low self-esteem, genetics and cultural factors. (Nordqvist, 2009) Although there isn’t a treatment that completely treats and helps an individual overcome bulimia methods such as: psychotherapy, family therapy, counseling and medication have been proven to help those with bulimia (Nordqvist, 2009). The only medication that is approved in the U.S. to help those who suffer from bulimia and because of it have developed depression is Prozac, but those with bulimia and no signs of depression may still benefit from it (Nordqvist, 2009).

Binge Eating
Remember how it was mentioned that there is an eating disorder that mostly affects those who
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