Anorexia Nervosa Essay

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Carley Johnston Anorexia and Media’s Influence Osteoporosis, abnormally slow heart rate, muscle loss and weakness, low blood pressure, severe dehydration, lanugo, which is an extra layer of hair, all over the body, and possibly death. These are all symptoms of Monika Ostroff, a teenage girl who had struggled with anorexia nervosa. She had the body of an average sized teenager, until she went to college. The she said that she gained not the “Freshman 15,” but more like the “Freshman 20.” Monika became self-conscious about her body. She turned to magazines. After seeing all of the gorgeous models with their “amazing” bodies, Ostroff said this, “I spent hours gazing at magazine pictures of the models’ flat stomachs, determined that mine would look that way.” She then starved herself to near death, she was hospitalized with a tube down her throat to force feed her. Ostroff did this just to look like the toothpick-sized models. Due to the media’s negative impact on those struggling with body image, it causes anorexia nervosa and self-confidence issues to those who have bodies that are actually beautiful. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where a person refuses to stay at a BMI that is normal for their age and height. Anorexics starve themselves or decrease their calorie intake to about 1,000 calories per day. Anorexics also exercise vigorously in a quest to be as skinny as the models that are promoted in high-end magazines and strutting merely skin and bones on the catwalk. The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is not known. Some thoughts of the cause include self-consciousness, distorted body image, chemical imbalance in the brain, the need of attention, and family values. Nine out of ten anorexics are adolescent and young woman. These age groups are usually the groups that look at the fashion magazines and admire the skinny models. These girls are

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