Anorexia Nervosa Essay

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Understanding Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa In today's world both females and males are expected to dress and to look a certain way to feel accepted by society. Magazines, media, social networks and other forms of communication affect how people see and feel about their body’s. According to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health an “[e]stimated 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men .” The most common eating disorder that affects the world is anorexia nervosa which is an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight. A person might be extremely underweight but their mind creates an overweight person when they look in the mirror. People facing Anorexia nervosa either don eat at all or intake around “600–800 calories per day”.(Frude). The media plays a big factor in how people feel about their body's, it has created a profile of how a women or males body should look. Magazines put pictures of actors /actress looking at their best and plant a seed in the mind of young people of what “perfection” is. There is many signs and symptoms that could possibly reveal that a person is having some sort of eating problem. Some of those symptoms include but not limited to “[r]efusal to maintain a normal BMI for their age,the absence of 3 consecutive menstural cycles,fearful of even the slightest weight gain.” (Attia, E. and Walsh, B. T ) and many more. An eating disorder can start at an astonishing age of 9, and can lead to either

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