Dying to Be Thin Essay

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Dying to be Thin Melanie Hogan HCA 415 Professor Clark April 15, 2013 Dying to be Thin Living in a society that is infatuated with being thin and sex appeal, it is obvious why eating disorders are so prominent in the United States. Food- related disorders including Bulimia, binge eating, and food phobias are becoming more common, but the leading eating disorder in the United States is Anorexia Nervosa (Anorexia for short). Anorexia is a severe eating disorder, in which an individual drastically reduces their calorie intake to the point of starvation. Although, Anorexia can affect anyone of any color at any time in their life, its primary target is adolescent and young adult females. The cause of this disorder is unknown, but people may feel that they will not be happy, or successful until they are thin. Anorexia is a dangerous illness that affects an individual, not only mentally, but emotionally, and physically. Before this health problem can be effectively treated, available resources must be identified, major barriers must be broken, and valid recommendations must be made. American society associates being thin with hard working, beautiful, strong and self- disciplined. While being overweight is associated with being lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will- power. Because the average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, while the average American model is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds, it is no wonder why women are rarely satisfied with their body and feel a tremendous amount of anxiety and pressure to achieve and maintain this image (Womenshealth.gov, 2012). Millions of people in the United States are affected by a serious and sometimes life- threatening eating disorder. Over 90% are women between the ages of 12- 25 (Wexner Medical Center, N.D.). Women in this age group are vulnerable to eating disorders because of their

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