Eating Disorders

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Latravia Benson
Sociology 4150
Professor Dye
May 1, 2013
Social Issue: Eating Disorders
An eating disorder is a potentially life-threatening eating behavior that is seen as a neurotic condition that is normally seen in women and young teenagers (dictionary.com). Eating orders occur when someone is eating tremendously small amounts of food or you are excessively overeating. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Good thing is that eating disorders are treatable medical illnesses. They do go along with individuals dealing with depression, substance abuse, and/or anxiety disorders (nimh.nih.gov).

There really isn’t a cause for eating disorders. The concerns come into play when dealing with weight and the body shape that plays a role in all eating disorders. The actual cause of these disorders happens when you include cultural and family pressures and emotional and personality disorders. Genetics and biologic causes can also possibly take a role. The most obvious symptom to eating disorders is body distortion. This is normally told to occur with severe anorexia, but this can occur with people who suffer with bulimia as well (umm.edu).

From the national eating disorder website, there are statistics in regard to history of eating disorders, and percentage on how eating disorders can be seen as a serious illness. Dealing with the history of eating disorders, the rate of development of new cases of eating disorders had been increasing since 1950. There has been a rise incidence with anorexia in young adult women fifteen to nineteen in each decade since 1930. The incidence with bulimia in ten to thirty-nine year old women has tripled between 1988 to 1993. Statistics toward eating disorders being seen as a mental illness says that eighty-two percent of respondents believe that eating disorders are a physical or mental illness and should be treated as such, with just twelve percent believing they are...
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