Eating Disorders : Social, Genetics, And Psychological

1702 WordsApr 5, 20177 Pages
What it Takes to Achieve the Perfect Body We live in a world where if we are not accepted we go home, we cry, and we stuff our faces with food. We shut ourselves away from the world because we believe that we are imperfect. However, we are not the imperfect ones it is society. Society raises the rates of depression within victims of eating disorders. There are three main reasons for developing an eating disorder: social, genetics, and psychological. The society we live in brings many people to the belief that in order to obtain the perfect body we must put our own bodies through unhealthy habits which can lead to the harm of ourselves physically and mentally. In fact, “Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an…show more content…
In fact, the victims are mostly under or below weight according to the body mass index scale. (Anorexics).However, “Someone with anorexia may also have a distorted body image, shown by thinking she or he is fat” (Anorexia Nervosa). Viewing themselves as fat causes them to purge (forcive vomit). Many of the victims are aware of the health effects caused by purging. However, victims of anorexia only consider what they believe is what is truly seen. These victims will do anything to make sure their issue of being “fat” is resolved. The terrible fact about this mentality is that the victim’s mind will not allow them to see anything other than “fat”. So, telling a victim repeatedly that they are not fat will not be an effective solution to their problem. Thus, making anorexia not only a physical disorder but a mental disorder as well. Additionally, many people would not even think that someone would participate in both practices, anorexia nervosa and binge-eating, however there are multiple people who do. This term for having a combination of both symptoms is bulimia nervosa. Unfortunately, “between 1.1% and 4.6% of females and 0.1% to 0.5% of males will develop bulimia”(Overview). This may not seem like a lot but .1% is approximately 7.125 million males developing bulimia. Victims of bulimia nervosa have the same thoughts of an anorexic person and the actions of a binge eating person. Opposed to an anorexia victim, the bulimia nervosa victim will eat an unnatural
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