How Are Eating Disorders Affecting Our Health?

907 Words Jul 31st, 2015 4 Pages
How are eating disorders affecting our health? "An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating (NIMH, Eating Disorders)." Eating disorders start when the mind conjures up a nonrealistic conception of their own body. Disorders can be acquired through numerous ways such as; genetics, neurological transmitters in the brain, personality, social and environmental factors, stress, and most commonly is dieting. With more women being affected than men, the three most common types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. These cankerous eating disorders can lead to our own self destruction. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that affects the psyche by making the afflicted starve themselves because they are afraid of weight gain and have a false view of self image. Anorexics abuse the uses of exercise, laxatives, diuretics, drugs, and enemas to lose more weight. Anorexia is commonly adapted in teenagers but can start as early as age seven and as late as the forties. One percent of Americans suffer from anorexia nervosa and women are more affect than men are. "Individuals with anorexia are on an irrational, unrelenting quest to lose weight, and no matter how much they lose and how much their health is compromised, they want to lose more weight (Tish Davidson, Anorexia Nervosa)." The health factors for being anorexic is long…
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