In A Society Where So Much Emphasis Is Placed On The Way

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In a society where so much emphasis is placed on the way one looks, it 's no surprise that one could be self-conscious about their body image. As a result, there are some who take drastic actions in order to maintain this distorted image of themselves. These actions can not only affect the way an individual perceives themselves, but it also could have more serious, life threatening consequences, including death. Nonetheless, treatment and recovery are possible. Anorexia Nervosa, also known as anorexia, involves intense emotions and abnormal behaviors that typically revolves around food and weight and out of all the psychiatric conditions, it has the highest death rate ("Anorexia nervosa;" "Anorexia: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment…show more content…
While there are two different types of anorexia, their symptoms and assumed causes are relatively the same. Goldberg (2016) notes that although anorexia essentially means "loss of appetite," this definition is inaccurate as people with this disorder are in fact, hungry, but refuse to eat. Individuals suffering from anorexia, tend to have an obsessive fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, so they start behaving in ways that causes them to lose an excessive amount of weight, by either restricting the amount of food consumed, exercising too much, or starving themselves (Anorexia Nervosa: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment; Smith, Melinda, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D). These individuals have a distorted perception of themselves, believing that they are too fat, when they are in fact underweight, as well as overly weighing themselves to see if they gained any weight, overly obsessing over food labels and nutrition, and developing "strange eating habits," such as "cutting food into tiny pieces, eating alone, and/or hiding food;" In addition. people struggling with this disorder tend to have a low self esteem, feel hopeless, and become socially withdrawn from family, friends, and activities they once enjoyed. ("Anorexia: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Help;" Smith, Melinda, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D; Goldberg, Joseph, MD). Although an exact cause of anorexia is unknown, it is believed that it can develop as a result of a combination of biological,
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