The Issue Of Eating Disorders

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The issue of eating disorders has become a phenomenon affecting people in many cultures all over the world, especially young women. Today eating disorders are so common that research by The American Psychology Association suggests 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with an eating disorder and in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa. This same research suggests that 95% of those who have eating disorders are young women between the ages of 12 and 25 (Thompson & Smolak, 2001). Each year thousands of young women develop eating disorders or problems with weight, eating, and body image; the prevalence of eating disorders is only increasing as time goes by. Research suggests there has been a rise in cases of anorexia in young women ages 15-19 in each decade since 1930 (Hoek& van Hoeken, 2003). While many people believe this issue only affects a certain part of the population, eating disorders don’t discriminate among race, ethnicity, or culture. The prevalence of eating disorders has been found to be similar among different races such as Hispanic, Asians, African-Americans, and Asians ((Hudson et al., 2007). Therefore, it’s very important to address the potential causes and factors that can contribute to the development of eating disorders.
The American Psychology Association defines an eating disorder as “any abnormal eating habits that can…
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