November 6, 2012
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience of the types of eating disorders, what their symptoms are and how they affect our life and health. Central Idea: Eating disorders have gradually risen over the last few years and have taken powerful control of our society. According to NEDA, “Today the National Eating Disorders Association [NEDA] released findings from a recently completed survey. The national survey shows an increased public awareness of eating disorders and a breakthrough in how eating disorders are viewed.” Findings from this same survey which was done in 2010 suggests, “Fifty-nine percent indicate that public awareness of eating disorders has increased over the past five years and 78% believe they have enough information to know if someone were suffering from an eating disorder. And, the public indicated they know a great deal or fair amount about eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, with 57% indicating they knew a great deal or fair amount about bulimia and anorexia nervosa and 51% knew a great deal or fair amount about binge eating disorder.” Introduction:
Attention Getter: Jeremy Gillitzer, Isabelle Caro and the twin sisters Elaine and Luisel Ramos are all well-known and once famous models. But they also share something else in common. They all suffered from some type of eating disorder and lost their battles against them. Introduction to Topic: So who is at risk of developing an eating disorder? The answer is anyone, anywhere. This disorder does not discriminate upon gender, age or status. Teen aged boys and girls, middle aged men and women and in some cases children under the age of ten. We are all prone to developing an eating disorder at some point in our lives. Some of the causes that may lead to developing an eating disorder in teen aged girls and boys are becoming obsessed with celebrity looks. More than ever, teens are reading magazines, watching TV shows and surfing the internet. They see these types of people as having the perfect body image, therefore anyone that does not look like that is not considered anywhere close to being beautiful. As a result comes the emphasis on looking more and more like those people on TV or magazines. This also attributes to other teens being called names and picked on because of the way they look. This puts an enormous pressure on teens wanting to be skinny and look good so others can accept them and not pick on them.
Teen aged boys also suffer and go through the same changes girls’ experience. Boys also want to look good and be able to date the class cheerleader. Boys also get picked on or called names when they are too big. Having the perfect body image can contribute to boys falling into an eating disorder. Even though it’s not commonly heard of boys having an eating disorder, according to The National Eating Disorders Association, an estimated one million men in the US suffers from an eating disorder. You may ask yourself why boys go unseen. Well, the most common disorders, Anorexia and Bulimia, are commonly seen by many as “girl” diseases. Boys are too ashamed of admitting they have this disorder and are reluctant to get help and therefore go untreated.
However, not only teens suffer from eating disorders. In recent research it has been discovered that that middle aged women and men also suffer from these disorders. While not as large of a group as teens according to Barbara Wingate of Eating Disorders-Introducing Opposing Viewpoints, “One-third of women over the age of 30 are hospitalized and being treated for an eating disorder”. This attributes to men and women growing old and facing the pressure of looking just as good as a younger person. They face the fear of aging and therefore feel they need to look their best in order to compete with younger men or women in terms of love relationships and jobs. They also have more responsibilities in...