Anorexia Essay

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Anorexia or Anorexic, Is there a difference? Shocking pictures of young women with sunken cheekbones, jutting clavicles, emaciated frames and pin thin limbs are recognizable images of a person suffering from anorexia nervosa. The pictures of the mostly young women who suffer from this illness leave indelible images in our minds. Since popular culture circulates these images often, we recognize what they represent, but do we know the difference between a person who is anorexic and a person who suffers from the mental illness called anorexia nervosa? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines the term anorexia nervosa, which comes from the Latin roots an-meaning without, and the word -orexis meaning appetite, as an emotional disorder emphasized by an obsession with losing weight. According to an online source from Issues and Controversies, it first coined by a British physician named William Whithey Gull about 300 years ago (Eating Disorders).This illness wreaks havoc on the families it touches. My family has had to deal with the repercussions of people not realizing the difference between the two terms, the illness that takes a lifetime of work to recover from and the simple condition of being under weight. When my youngest daughter, was fourteen she decided to go on a diet because she thought she was overweight. Our family helped her make healthy food choices and as a family, we participated in the effort she was taking by eating a healthy diet as well. Gradually she lost the weight with exercise and eating right. In the proceeding months after achieving her weight loss goals, we noticed that she was still losing weight; we were not the only ones to notice this as people started to point out how thin she had become. Family, teachers and even parents of her friends called to voice their concern over her health. Most of them assumed she was suffering from

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