BulVictoria Lacayo Krupnik
Monday April 23,2012
Anorexia and Bulimia
You Are What You Eat
You are what you eat. Does this phrase sound familiar? Have you ever count how many calories you had in a day? Or do you ask yourself, which amount of carbohydrates there is in a single meal? If you do, then you should have an idea of how calories work and what type of nutrients are in different kind of food. But what will happen if all the sudden you stop eating for good or vomit every time you eat? You probably are suffering from anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 14 million women in the United States are battling with the disease Anorexia Nervosa, AN, which is described as “one of the least understood and most intractable of all mental illnesses” (Schindehette, Sandler, Nelson and Seaman, 2003, p. 136). Anorexia and Bulimia are also known as eating disorders. Therefore, (according to www.dictionary.com), “Anorexia: 1. A lack or loss of appetite for food (as a medical condition). 2. An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. And bulimia is defined as: 1. “Insatiable overeating as a medical condition, in particular. 2. An emotional disorder in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.” So basically bulimia is when you eat and then puke, and anorexia is when you not eat at all. Even though, both definition mentions the word emotional, the truth is that the cause of this disorders is unknown. What we do know is, that according to Virginia University, that girls are more predisposed to to develop an eating disorder specially the ones with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD.) As to the cause of it, it’s been partially blame on: cultures where to be skinny is found more attractive due to mass media, social pressures that start at puberty, and even genetics and depression are factors that are taken in consideration. No one...
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