Jennifer Liu, 10/19/12
English, Period 1, Ms.Lambert
Imagine the bell ringing at lunch time, and walking to the cafeteria with a group of friends. Imagine everyone else munching on their sandwiches and eating their desserts. Then imagine yourself, afraid to eat food, afraid to take into your body the necessity of life. You are so afraid of eating food that you starve yourself daily, sticking to your own false impressions that your body is not in good shape. You have a fear every day, the fear of becoming fat. You have Anorexia Nervosa.
What exactly is Anorexia Nervosa? It is an eating disorder characterized by bad eating habits, intense weight loss, and illusions of one’s own body. The people who are thought to have Anorexia have a true fear of gaining weight and getting fat, therefore they try very hard to become more “fit” by literally starving themselves, exercising long into the night, and resorting to unnecessary methods. When people with Anorexia look in a mirror, they have an imprecise image of themselves. They may see themselves as being obese when they’re actually already very skinny. Their fears cause the images of themselves to change. There are many factors that cause the issue of Anorexia Nervosa. Some causes may be a distorted body image that a people start to see of themselves, which causes them to worry about their appearance. In actuality, their body is healthy and fine, even though it appears to look different in a mirror. Also, many girls have an ideal body image of being skinnier, most likely affected by skeleton-skinny models and other people around them. They will start feeling pressured because everyone around them is skinnier, and will want to lose weight to fit in and be popular. They want to meet up to their own (and other people’s) expectations. Because of their desire for “beauty” (because many girls believe the only way to be beautiful is to be skinny), girls will start to become anorexic. The problem...
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