Eating Disorders: The Psychological Causes Of Anorexia

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt that the person staring back at you was not good enough? Stepped on a weighing machine and felt like the number was too high? Something you might not know is, when a person is too absorbed with their looks, it is possible that they have some sort of eating disorder. Truthfully, anorexia isn’t just about how thin someone is, it is the emotions that trigger these weight losing habits, for example, depression, insecurity and feeling lack of control. According to the University of Pittsburgh, 5 to 10 percent of people diagnosed with anorexia are male. This shows that not all anorexia victims are female, but also haunting the lives of the opposite gender. The psychological causes of anorexia include these…show more content…
Peer pressure is the one thing that most teenagers cannot run from. Their constant teasing and joking of unnecessary things such as mocking their last name, the way they talk, the way they walk and especially their appearances. When people are being teased or called fat, they are easily offended by it whether they do care what they say or not. Findings show that most of teenagers nowadays gives more negative reviews on those who are labeled as big sized or fat (Gerrits, 579-87). Therefore, these teenagers are ashamed so they became anorexic as a result from being depressed about the way people look and say about them. Other than that, there is a mental disorder known as major deep depression (MDD) that triggers a person to become anorexic. As an illustration, when they become depressed because of the mental disorder they're having, they lose interest in doing activities such as socializing, going outside and most importantly they lose their appetite. Therefore, the person will develop anorexia due to the problems they have deciding whether to consume food or not. Being depressed can be a shortcut for a person to have this eating disorder known as anorexia…show more content…
A family history of mental health problems is one of the causes of anxiety. Anorexia might be inherited and tends to run in families. Individuals who have a family member with anorexia nervosa are approximately 7-12 times more likely to develop anorexia than other individuals (The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, pars. 5). A study on how family history of anxiety eating disorders affects anorexia in a person found that the risk of developing anorexia is doubled if anxiety is inherited (Science of Eating Disorders, pars. 7-9). Apart from that, ‘peer pressure’ causes anxiety that also leads to anorexia. Teenagers, especially girls indirectly feel the need to compete with their friends. In order to get the perfect physique like that of their friends, adolescent girls push their bodies to the limit, leading to the development of symptoms of anorexia and further disorders like genetic disposition, low self-esteem, and high levels of perceived stress (J.Ferguson, E. Mun˜oz, Garza and Galindo, 2-3). Another study made by the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science), researchers analyzed the influence of peer pressure on 2,871 women between the ages of 15 and 34. Different variables were created to represent the appearance of others around her in order to reflect the woman’s peer effect. The result showed three percent of young women that were
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