Essay about Eating disorders
Bulimia and Anorexia are serious, functional eating disorders. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but the few differences differentiate the two. Anorexia is an eating disorder in which a person has an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese. This person may eat little or nothing during the day, essentially starving themselves. This disease can cause a lot of damage to the body such as slowed heart rate, lowered body temperature and blood pressure, premature bone loss, loss of menstruation or irregular periods, change …show more content…
My personal experience with an eating disorder started at a young age. When I was nine years old, I was taking several dance classes. One day at the end of class, my ballet instructors made a comment to me that I would never be a ballerina because I was to short and fat and that I should stick to jazz or hip hop style dance. Mind you I was only 9 and had not even hit puberty yet. I know that the comment was probably taken out of context, however the impact that it had on me through out my teens was profound.
Shortly after that comment, I quit taking ballet. However, I continued taking dance classes through out my adolescents, but found myself constantly comparing myself to the other students. In my mind, I felt that in order to be accepted I needed to be thinner and felt that the only way to do this was to diet and exercise. My parents intervened when they saw that my diet and exercise had become a problem. By listening to them, I was able to overcome my fears and beliefs with their help and on my own.
This is a perfect example of how society and people can influence your perceptions of body image.