Eating Disorders Essay

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RUNNING HEAD: EATING DISORDERS

Eating Disorders

Cassandra M. Alexander

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Three of the most discussed are anorexia, bulimia, and what researchers call EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). Each of the eating disorders can be fatal in their own way. What are the signs, what do they do to you and your body, and what can be done to treat the problem? Researchers have studied long and hard into these three disorders so that those questions could be answered to the best of their ability. In this paper, the outcomes of the research that was done and the thesis
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& Twaddle, S., 2007). Yes, all these things are dangerous to one’s health. The treatments for anorexia nervosa include short-term weight gain. The overall prognosis for patients with anorexia is dependant of wether treatment is received or not (Morris, J. & Twaddle, S., 2007). Some people with eating disorders wait until the very last moment to even attempt to get help because they don’t see that they have a problem. Bulimia nervosa is a second eating disorder that needs attention drawn to it. Bulimia was pretty much unknown before the mid 1970’s (Dippel, N. & Becknal, K., 1987). Bulimia consists of binging and purging (eating as much as possible and then throwing it up). In a study that was conducted it was found that after bulimics had attempted several diets without success, they then became aware of vomiting or laxatives as a means to weight loss (Herzog, 1982). The symptoms of bulimia heave to do with preoccupations with food, weight, body image, and ridding themselves of ingested food (Dippel, N. & Becknal, K., 1987). Most people throw up because they feel guilty for consuming all the foods they know they shouldn’t have. They vomit not only to get rid of the food but to get rid of any unwanted feelings and emotions. Most patients begin purging approximately 1 year after the binge eating has started. As scary as the facts may sound, what is even scarier is the affects
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