Eating Disorders Essay

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People with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorders should seek help because of the major health risks, such as: malnutrition, muscle atrophy, paralysis, cancer, heart attack and death. When someone has an eating disorder, they usually have underlying mental health issues. Only one in ten people with eating disorders receive treatment (Eating disorder statistics). These eating disorders are the most common eating disorders and affects 1 out of every seven women (Understanding Eating Disorders in Teens). If someone has an eating disorder they have a strong fear of gaining weight. They have a distorted image of their body (Eating disorders). They may think that they are fat, or ugly, or they may use eating as a…show more content…
Although most eating disorder patients have a fear of gaining weight but people with binge eating disorders usually become obese (Binge Eating). With all of the starvation, vomiting, and overeating, there are several serious health risks that become a concern when you have an eating disorder. Imagine the things that you are doing to your body if you have an eating disorder. One of the most common is malnutrition which is a lack of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to thrive. Your body needs food for energy and strength, and water to keep your blood flowing. Another common health risk is muscle atrophy where muscles deteriorate. The body begins eating off of the tissue to survive and then becomes extremely weak. Once you have hit the muscle atrophy stage then your body starts to go into paralysis which is little or no body movement. It is caused by low levels of potassium and can cause degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal cord or brain. If help is not sought then the health condition will continue to get worse ( As the body continues to deteriorate, cancer or heart attack becomes a health risk. Cancer of the throat and voice box is most common in people with eating disorders from the consistent acid reflux. The acid reflux can erode the esophagus overtime and can cause ulcers, and sores to form. Heart attack is common because eating disorders can cause weakening of the heart muscles and drop your blood pressure, pulse, and
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