Anorexia Nervosa Essay

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The movie Perfect Body is about a young girl named Andie Bradley who has big dreams and will stop at nothing to achieve them. She is a gymnast whose dream is to participate in the Olympics. Andie gets the opportunity to be able to train with one of the best coaches in the U.S. At Andie’s first lesson, her coach criticizes her for her body weight saying that she is too big. This bothers Andy a lot so she is hard on herself and feels pressured to lose weight. Andie develops a good diet, however after some advice from her teammate telling her that there are ways around eating and not gaining any weight. As the movie progresses her eating habits start to worsen, and later it leads to anorexia. I chose this person for the assignment because in today’s society there are many young girls who would put their body to harm just to fit into society or to achieve their goals. Throughout the movie you see Andie struggling with her eating, she would throw away her food when no one is looking, play with her food to make it look like she ate, and also you see her making herself throw up. Andie’s family members, friends, and boyfriend also see the changes in her personality throughout the movie. They notice how her attitude changes, and the loss in body weight. Andie faints twice during her competitions. At the end of the movie Andie joins a therapy/support group where she is encouraged to eat as part of the therapy. Contrary to popular belief, anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric eating disorder that has plagued mankind (both men and women) long before modern social-media took a foothold within society. Anorexia nervosa—commonly referred to simply as anorexia stems from psychological problems which ultimately results in an individual going to great lengths to maintain an unrealistic body weight. Though no single determinant cause may be isolated emphasis should be placed on both

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