Eating Disorders : Social And Cultural Factors

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Eating Disorders: Social and Cultural Factors Donna Vega West Coast University October 24, 2014 Abstract In today’s society, eating disorders has become one of the main factors leading to the increased mortality rates in the United States. The two major eating disorders include Anorexia and Bulimia. Young adults especially, are in greater risk of having an eating disorder. With eating disorders being the third leading cause of death in young adolescent girls, it has also acquired 15 percent of young males (Relevant, 2013). Social and cultural factors have been known to contribute to the onset of eating disorders, including media, family, and peer issue. Although such factors may lead to eating disorders, it may also reduce the cause. In this research paper, the effects of social and cultural factors will be compared to its effects on eating disorders. Keywords: young adults, adolescents, eating disorders Eating Disorders: Social and Cultural Factors Eating disorders has become a major health problem in the United States. They have been characterized as abnormal eating habits, involving insufficient or excessive consumption of food. Some of the common eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. In anorexia nervosa, a person tends to find starving themselves as a way of dieting. In bulimia nervosa, an individual may tend to eating excessive amount of food and later discards its contents by purging. Among the United States population,
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