Eating Disorders in Adolescents

1468 Words Apr 2nd, 2011 6 Pages
Eating is a basic survival behavior. To many people eating is a way of life, brining families together, creating relationships and bonds between people and is an expression of feelings and emotions. But there are negative aspects to food as well, such as obesity and other eating disorders. Eating disorders are very dehabilitating and misunderstood disorders that affect an unbelievable amount of the population; they not only put strain on the body, but also on the mind, and often the families of those with an eating disorder. There is a wider range of eating disorders in childhood and adolescence than is commonly realized, and these are frequently either not recognized or misdiagnosed. With children as early as age seven showing …show more content…
Also a simple wish to be popular can turn an innocent healthy diet into a full fledged eating disorder, all to impress a group of young adults. The body has many areas responsible for eating behaviors and has the ability to use neurotransmitters and secrete certain hormones to regulate eating, digestion, and metabolism, one of these being serotonin. The hormone serotonin causes the binging behaviors associated with eating disorders (Marieb E, 2010). Amenorrhea is the suppression or absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles and occurs in individuals with anorexia (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), this can be affected by the loss of fat stores in the body (Marieb, E. 2010). It is a physiological dysfunction found most commonly in those with Anorexia Nervosa and can be due to abnormally low levels of estrogen, which then decreases the follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone secreted from the pituitary glands (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). In prepubertal females with an eating disorder, menarche (a female’s first period) may be delayed, due to the illness (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). This could potentially cause serious damage on a female’s body in the future when she grows up. There is a significant risk for individuals developing an eating disorder throughout families and a tendency toward
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