Essay on Anorexia1

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anorexia1




It seems today that eating disorders are on the rise. While this may be true, the numbers
may appear to grow only because more cases are being brought out into the open. The
purpose of this paper is to discuss eating disorders and prove the these disease,
specifically Anorexia Nervosa, continue to plague of women due to psychological and
environmental factors along with pressure from the media.

The term “Anorexia Nervosa” is misleading. It means “loss of appetite due to nerves.”
But people with anorexia don’t actually lose their appetite until the late stages of their
starvation. Until, they do feel hungry, but they just won’t eat. People affected by
anorexia have an extreme fear of gaining weight. In addition to drastic dieting, they may
resort to vomiting and the use of laxatives and diuretics to lose weight. Statistics show
that many teens and young adults suffer from anorexia nervosa. Without treatment,
anorexia nervosa can cause serious health problems--even death! The sooner treatment
begins the better the chances for a full recovery. The person with another anorexia is a
model child. He/She is well behaved, eager to please, and a good student who gets along
well with her peers. She rarely admits that anything is wrong or that anything is wrong
or that she/he extra helps. Behind the mask is an insecure, self-critical perfectionist
who feels unworthy of any praises she receives. A person who has anorexia is also very
concerned about whether other people like her. Occasionally, she feels that there’s
something wrong with her- that she’s bad or that her thoughts are disgusting. (PennSAHIC)

One interpretation of an eating disorder is termed as a relationship between the person
and food the appears abnormal. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the most prevalent eating
disorder decease. The definition of Anorexia, Dr. Barton J. Blinder gives an
interpretation similar to this: Anorexia is an all-encompassing pursuit of thinness,
occurring most often in adolescents and young adult woman. This is accomplished by
avoidance of eating by any means possible. The person affected by Anorexia has an
absolutely terrifying fear of becoming obese. In short, “food becomes the enemy;” one
researcher described Anorexia as “weight phobia.”
(noah.cuny.edu/wellconn/eatdisorders.html)

Some experts believe that a fear of growing up is the root of the problem. Other experts
see the disorder as a subconscious rebellion against parents who’ve set standards that are
too high. All experts agree that food is not the central problem. There is evidence that
people with anorexia secrete abnormal amounts of various hormones. But, many researchers
believe these imbalances are the results of emotional stress and severe dieting, not the
case of them. In our culture, “thin is in” and dieting is “normal” behavior. The
pressure to be “the best” may also be a factor in the disorder’s development. (PennSAHIC)

People who intentionally starve themselves suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia
nervosa. The disorder, which usually begins in young people around the time of puberty,
involves extreme weight loss—at least 15 percent below the individual’s normal body
weight. Many people with the disorder look emaciated but are convinced they are
overweight. Sometimes they must be hospitalized to prevent starvation. An example of
this will be illustrated in the following story:

Deborah developed anorexia nervosa when she is 16. A rather shy, studious teenager, she
tried hard to please everyone. She had an attractive appearance, but was slightly
overweight. Like many teenager girls, she was interested in boys but concerned that she
wasn’t pretty enough to get their attention. When her father jokingly remarked that she
would never get a date if she didn’t take off same weight, she took him seriously and
began to diet relentlessly- never believing she was thin even when she became extremely
underweight.

Soon after the pounds started dropping off, Deborah’s menstrual periods stopped. As
anorexia tightened its grip, she became obsessed with dieting and food and developed
strange eating rituals. Every day she weighted all the food she would eat on a kitchen
scale, cutting solids into minuscule pieces and precisely measuring liquids. She would
then put her daily ration in small containers, lining them up in neat rows. She also
exercised compulsively, even after she weakened and became faint. She never took an
elevator is she could walk up steps.
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