Eating Disorders: Physical and Psychological Damages Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Disordered Eating

822 Words Mar 5th, 2008 4 Pages
Eating Disorders: Physical and Psychological Damages Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and disordered eating. That's all we see in the bathroom stalls on the seventh floor in Hayes – Healy. What exactly are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and disordered eating? Anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating are habits that become an eating disorder. There are two sides to understanding the problems of eating disorders. One side is the emotional or psychological side that is affected by eating disorders. The other is the physical side. Eating disorders are harmful and can cause physical and psychological damage to ones body. According to Craig Johnson, Ph.D., and director of the eating disorders program at Laureate Hospital in Tulsa, Oak. …show more content…
Eating disorders can cause dizziness, fatigue, blood disorders, dry skin, and limp hair. An eating disorder can even increase the risks for an early onset of osteoporosis. Bulimia and vomiting can lead to painful stomachaches and or cramps, swelling at the neck glands which can lead to popped blood vessels in the face, constipation, diarrhea, and reflex vomiting. All these symptoms are small compared to death. There have been small cases that report deaths of people who have made themselves vomit, ruptured their esophagus and died. One death that jolted the nation to become more aware of eating disorders was the death of singer Karen Carpenter in 1983. The other side to understanding eating disorders is the psychological damages done by eating disorders. To certain victims of eating disorders, food becomes somewhat like a drug. To some people they can find comfort to their problems by literally eating them away. In some cases food used as a comfort can lead to obesity or bulimia. By limiting the body to foods, the mind will focus on not eating, which leads to irregular mood swings. Moods can range for becoming irritable to being unable to concentrate. Being unable to concentrate and becoming irritable can lead to even worst psychological damages like receiving low grades, becoming a school drop out, not caring about extracurricular

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