Anorexia in Adolescence Essay

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Anorexia in Adolescence Felicia N. Hill Columbus Technical College Author Note This paper was prepared for Introductory Psychology 1101 taught by Professor Cyrus. Abstract Bizarre, devastating, and baffling are three words that describe the anorexia nervosa disease. By definition, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a normal-weight person diets and becomes significantly underweight, yet, still feeling fat, continue to starve themselves. People with this disorder are suppressing a strong desire to eat, because they are afraid of becoming fat. Anorexia is characterized by extreme starvation that leads to a disastrous loss of weight. Anorexia nervosa affects a large number of people today in the world, and does not discriminate against anybody. This research paper shows how dangerous and life-threatening anorexia is on adolescence, as well as, how self-image, family issues, and the media influence anorexia. Anorexia in Adolescence Adolescence is a chaotic time in the life of a growing teenager in which he or she experiences many physical as well as emotional changes. Not knowing where they stand in the world yet and trying to figure themselves out, adolescents may fall subject to influences and become victims of such horrible things as eating disorders. During adolescence a major importance in life is to be accepted and to fit in somewhere which brings about the issue of eating disorders. In order for them to be accepted and feel as if they are able to fit in with the status quo, some adolescents, mostly girls, will develop an eating disorder during adolescence. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the leading eating disorders in adolescents and is a serious psychiatric illness with both psychological and medical effects that usually onset during adolescence. Becoming an increasingly prominent illness in Adolescent girls, in some cases boys, for many

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