Essay on Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders have been a growing problem in not only America but also in other Western countries. The three main eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED). There are other eating disorders yet they have similar characteristics to the three disorders stated above. Many people believe the cause of these disorders is modeling and its extremely skinny and unhealthy models. However, there are other causes that play an important role. One’s genetics and environment plays a vital role in whether one is susceptible. Eating disorders, though not well known, have shocking statistics. Ten million Americans have eating disorders (Natenshon). Eighty-seven percent of these Americans are under the age …show more content…
People, however, do not know how to either identify eating disorders before it becomes too late or understand eating disorders. Anorexia is known as the “rich girl’s” disease. Anorexia was defined in the 1870s since it started to be noticed among rich adolescent women (Myers 478). Anorexia nervosa is defined as when a normal-weight person diets and becomes at least 15 percent or more underweight yet still feels fat so continues to starve himself or herself (Myers 479). Starting as the beginning of a weight-loss diet, anorexia is still hard to identify. To enter a clinic with anorexia, one must have three different aspects: physical harm, strict behavior, and harmful emotions (Natenshon). Anorexics see weight-loss as a way to happiness. Children, as young as five years, old have been diagnosed with anorexia (Natenshon). Anorexia is curable with extensive therapy for the underlying emotional issues (Natenshon). Unfortunately, half of the people with anorexia have bulimia nervosa (Myers 478). Anorexia is believed to occur only in skinny women, however this is a lie. Anorexia is not immune to “larger” people. Every person has different weight levels for the normal-weight so the underweight level may be larger than another’s. Noticing anorexia before its too late is extremely difficult because no one seems to notice unhealthy eating habits until the person looks extremely

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