Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa Essay

1085 Words May 26th, 2016 null Page
The person I am choosing to do this paper on suffers from an eating disorder, more specifically anorexia nervosa with, what seems to be, a few bulimic tendencies. Before developing this unhealthy eating habit they were very obsessed with food and dieted frequently. Eventually, this person’s diet became very sparse and started to not include a lot of variation at all. They tend to gravitate towards “safe foods” when they decide to eat and on occasion they will binge. These binges are then followed by extreme guilt and attempts to purge using both laxatives and extreme exercise. Although they are most definitely underweight, they see themselves as overweight and obsess over what they consider their problem areas frequently. To explain this psychological problem from the viewpoint of a psychologist with a biological perspective there are a few factors they would consider a possible reason or cause of this abnormal behavior. Many of which revolve around the hypothalamus. There are two areas of this part of the brain that are responsible for helping to control eating. The lateral hypothalamus produces hunger when activated and the ventromedial hypothalamus reduces hunger when activated. “Some researchers believe that the hypothalamus, related brain areas, and chemicals such as CCK and GLP-1, working together, comprise a “weight thermostat” of sorts in the body” (Comer, 2014, p. 277). This weight thermostat is responsible for keeping someone at a certain weight level.…

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