Eating Disorders Essay

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Nutrition is both physically and mentally essential in daily lives. While people have knowledge of severe underdeveloped nutrition in other parts of the world, they fail to realize the malnutrition that may be affecting their own bodies. Every human needs a proper diet with nutrients which provide the individual with energy, structure, and regulation to maintain the body (Smolin and Grosvenor 21-22). In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, a person must also have a healthy body image. However, healthy body images have been rapidly decreasing in recent years. Both men and women are constantly urged to fit a specific body image in order to be happy, admired, and loved. In countries where a food shortage is a constant concern, obesity is …show more content…
After a period of time, their extreme hunger overpowers their control and they eat a great amount of food in a short period of time, which is referred to as binging. In fact, the name bulimia is taken from the Greek words bous (“ox”) and limos (“hunger”), implying hunger of such intensity that a person can eat an entire ox (94). Since the great amount of food that they consume is not on their strict diet plan to be thin, they become very fearful of a possible weight gain and they purge. Induced vomiting, taking laxatives, and excessively exercising are examples of purging in somebody with bulimia. After doing this they feel guilty, yet relieved. Once the person realizes that they can eat basically anything that they want without gaining weight, they make it an ongoing cycle. However, there are many side effects. These include constipation, dehydration, damaged tooth enamel, breakage of stomach and esophagus lining, depression, and may even result in death (101). Bulimia may be caused by pressure to achieve or to fit a certain body image. Since they often crave and binge on foods rich in carbohydrates, the illness can be from an imbalance in the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain (Engel, Reiss, and Dombeck). There are many psychological illnesses associated with this eating disorder and others. These include alcoholism, drug abuse, self-injury, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Multiple Personality
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