Effects Of Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia Nervosa

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Even though there are many factors that contribute to eating disorders, the media plays an influential role in the lives of many women. Eating disorders are abnormal and serious disturbances in one 's eating habits caused by many factors. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two well-known eating disorders. The causes of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are difficult to understand but there are a lot of factors that play a role in the development of them. Females are more likely to develop an eating disorder and heightened concern about weight than males. One of the reasons why is because girls are convinced that their appearances is the most important way of defining themselves. The media and the society takes part in why girls believe this. Both affect the way girls view themselves and their eating habits. "Anorexia nervosa is a disorder characterized by a large weight loss, a fear of weight gain, and faulty eating patterns." (Ph.D., P. R. 25) Symptoms of this disorder include the following: dramatic weight loss, refusal to eat foods, fatigue, absence of menstrual period, and feelings of being fat or over weight even though one is underweight. Athletics and people who engage in weight and performance activities are more likely to be exposed to the dangers of eating disorders. (Kaminker 37) Women athletes are developing anorexia because they are facing pressure from people to lose weight. For example, Christy Henrich, a gymnast, died from anorexia at a very young
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