The Effects Of Anorexia Nervosa On The Human Body

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The Effects of Anorexia Nervosa On the Human Body Anorexia is a lack or loss of appetite for food as a medical condition and is also considered an emotional disorder categorized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. Anorexia is found in all people, male and female of any age and in some cases can be life threatening. The reason Anorexia and all eating disorders in general are important to study is because they are a significant part of society. Eating disorders also hold the title of the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Therefore, more people are dying of ED’s each day. The main cause of these deaths is not only from malnutrition, but suicide. Eating disorder are long lasting and more than often result in death. More effective methods of treatment and recovery need to be discovered and practiced in order to reduce these numbers. Essentially, there are two subdivisions of anorexia. One type is linked to another type of eating disorder known as bulimia, which is characterized by ' 'bingeing and purging ' ' where a person eats and then purposefully vomits the food that was just consumed. The other subtype takes place through severe restriction of food and calories or starvation. The exact causes of anorexia nervosa are unknown. However, it has been noticed that the condition sometimes runs in families. Young women with a parent or sibling with an eating disorder are likelier to develop one themselves. There are also psychological,
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