The Effects Of Technology On Eating Disorders

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Austyn Behrens
Michelle Pederson
EN 102-06
28 February 2015
Argument of Fact: The Effect of Technology on Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is categorized by unusual eating patterns that attempt to fulfill a psychological void that forms over time. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder, 20 million being women and 10 million being men, at some phase in their life. Hospitalizations for eating disorders have also risen a significant amount. There were 29,533 hospital stays in 2008-2009 for patients diagnosed with any of the various types of eating disorders. The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality conducted a study showing a 24 percent increase in a time frame of 10 years.The three most known disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders — which include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating — are a complex set of illnesses caused by genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological and social factors. These disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Anorexia, in particular, has a mortality rate 12 times higher than any other cause of death in women ages 15 to 24, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.Anorexia nervosa is considered the most lethal and consists of self-starvation, weight loss, an unreasonable concern of gaining weight, and an inaccurate body image. Bulima nervosa is characterized by a cycle of obsessive…
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