Anorexia and Bulimia
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is more than just a problem with food, it's a way of using food, or starving oneself to feel more in control of life, and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. People with anorexia are rarely aware that they have a problem; because this disease is defined by a distorted view of their own body image or weight. A person with anorexia often resists questioning and is extremely secretive, usually denying any problem, and making excuses for weight loss, and eating habits. The symptoms of anorexia include; having low body weight for his or her height, refusing to keep a normal body weight, having an intense fear of gaining weight, and in girls if they missed three or more menstrual cycles in a row. Someone with anorexia may also take diet pills, not eat at all, or eat very little. They may exercise a lot, count calories, wear baggy clothes, and weigh themselves many times a day. They may also talk about weight and food all the time, not eat in front of others, be moody or sad, and not want to go out with friends. Most people with anorexia or bulimia are female (90-95%), however it can also affect boys and men. Research shows that as African American, Latina, Asian, American Indian, and Alaska Native women are more exposed to images of thin women; and are more likely to develop eating disorders. There is no certain cause of either, however it may start depending on a persons' culture, family, personality, and biology. In our culture people feel like they have to fit a certain image from what they see in the media. Girls with family members that have an eating disorder are more likely to develop one. People that have always tried to be perfect at everything feel they need to portray a perfect body as well. Other factors may be genes, hormones and chemicals in the brain. Traumatic experiences like rape, as well as stressful things like starting a new job, can also lead to anorexia or bulimia. A person with...
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