Essay about Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders Eating disorders are devastating and harmful behavioral patterns that occur within people for numerous reasons. The three types of eating disorders I will be discussing include the three most common of the disorders: anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive over eating (known as binge eating). Though the disorders take physical damage on the body, they are not in fact physical illnesses. You cannot "catch" and eating disorder. Rather, they are mental issues that develop more frequently within females but do affect the male population somewhat as well. Anorexia is characterized by extremely low body weight and a distorted self body image accompanied with an intense fear of gaining weight. Extreme exercising is…show more content…
If one starts to see that image as beautiful as opposed to normal healthy figures than that will be how they desire to look. Both men and women are at higher risk for eating disorders if they suffer from depression, personality disorder, or substance abuse. Anorexia and Bulimia have typically occurred in teenagers, however, over the past forty years, while they have increased among teenagers, rates have tripled among adult women. Complications brought on by Anorexia are dangerous. Although many women with anorexia recover after treatment, many remain thin and display traits including perfectionism and a drive for thinness that could keep them at risk for recurrence of the disorder. Recovery usually takes between four and seven years. Many studies of anorexic patients have reported death rates ranging from 4% to 20%. Patients who are at the lowest weights when they are first treated are in the greatest danger. Heart disease is the most common medical cause of death in people with severe anorexia. The heart can develop dangerous rhythms, blood flow is reduced and blood pressure may drop. In addition, the heart muscles starve, losing size. Cholesterol levels tend to rise. An anorexics body does not receive many valuable nutrients it needs to function. Minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate are normally dissolved in the body's fluid. They are

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