We 've Only Just Begun

1406 WordsNov 30, 20166 Pages
“We’ve only just begun” opens an incredible career to Karen Carpenter. Although being a famous American singer always seems a fairy tale, Karen did not completely experience this magical experience all the way long. Anorexia nervosa disorder escorted Karen from her entrance in the celebrity world to her last breath. This psychological disorder is marked by abnormal eating habits and accompanied by distress or obsession of weigh. Three criteria defined this eating disorder. The first criterion defined in the DSM-V, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, is the “restriction of energy intake relative to requirements, leading to a significantly low body weight in the contact of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health. Significantly low weight is defined as a weight that is less than minimally normal or, for children and adolescents, less than that minimally expected” (Davison, Blankstein, Flett, & Neale, 2013). In other words, the energy intake would be lower than the energy needed for the body to function and assure normal activities of an individual. It results in the weight of the individual to fall below a normal weight when different characteristics as the age, sex, developmental trajectory and physical health are taken into consideration. Karen Carpenter respects the first criteria of anorexia nervosa. Indeed, as a child, Karen Carpenter was overweight and was worried about her weight but seemed to love sugar and eating more than
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