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Eating Disorders in America Essay

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There are many things that people think of when the words eating disorders are said. Many people do not know what an eating disorder actually is and what actually happenes when you have an eating disorder or how to detect a eating disorder. There are many types of eating disorders but they all have one thing in common, phsycological disorders. The main types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Bindge eating but are not limited to these. The main focus in theses eating disorders are food. Many eating disorder patients have problems with self body issues and/or self confidence. There are many problems with these eating disorders and it is a huge problem in the country today. This paper will tell you what a eating…show more content…
3). These are always things to watch out for in people because no one is ever to old or to young to suffer from a eating disorder and it should be brought to immediate attention because "Research has shown that early identification and treatment can reduce risk of progression for a range of mental health problems" (Haines, par.5). "Eating disorders can have significant medical complications, such as cardiac abnormalities, electrolyte imbalances, and even death, with anorexia having a mortality rate of 5.6% per decade" (Haines,).This disease is affecting more and more people by the day and if it is not pointed out at the right moments then it will continue to grow in numbers. "Anorexia nervosa is estimated to affect 0.3% of females and 0.2% of males, and eating disorders not otherwise specified or partial syndrome rates are reported to be as high as 15% for females and 5% for males" (Haines, par. 5). That is a high number because that is 15% of all the females in the United States and 5% of all the males in the united states. There are, "according to Census 2000, 281.4 million people were counted in the United States — 143.4 million of whom were female and 138.1 million male" (Smith, par.1). So if you take 15% of all the females in the United States then that would be 21,510,000
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