When people mention eating disorders, what comes to mind? For many people it’s models and celebrities. People don’t often bring up that the more generic people can suffer from one. Nor do they think of an eating disorder as a disease, but it is. People generally see eating disorders as a way to just stay skinny or to get attention. An eating disorder is not something to joke about. It is a very serious disease that causes several deaths a year.
Many people believe that there is only one reason for eating disorders: social pressure to be slim. However, there are several other factors that people tend to forget about or don’t notice them as causes. Eating disorders are a psychological disorder and are one of the highest causes of death. Luckily, most people nowadays knows a few signs of one. However, people don’t usually know the true causes of them. They are diseases, but they are different from leukaemia or ulcrative colitis. It is believed that the main cause is the idea that in order to be healthy and beautiful you must be extremely skinny. For that, we usually tend to put all the blame on media and the modern society. Even though people tend to think of eating disorders as trivial, most actually admire those with one for their self-control which is something most people lack.
Everyone is pressured to be perfect; have the perfect hair, the perfect make-up, the perfect laugh, the perfect smile, the perfect style, and most importantly the perfect body. In order to have the perfect body, people believe they have to be a size two or even zero because of what the media puts out for us to see as perfect. Who’s more likely to develop an eating disorder because of this? Teenage girls are at the highest risk to develop this illness. These young girls believe that the only way to fit in is to be skinny. Most of these girls don’t even realize that they are developing such a deadly illness. Luckily, they are more readily to admit that they have one than those in the past. So, they can reach out for help and get to recovery, right? Sadly, most teens wait too long to admit their disorder. It’s extremely difficult to determine when someone has an eating disorder, however. There is a thin line between having an eating or body image problem and having an eating disorder. But, when is this line crossed?
There are several warning signs for each type of eating disorder. The two main disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, which are completely different. Anorexia is the most deadly disease of all. People will literally starve themselves to death. They will refuse to eat because of their intense fear to gain weight. They have extreme distorted body images and usually have an obsession with exercising. Bulimia, however, is where a person will have episodes of binge eating followed by purging. Some people will just abuse laxatives, diuretics, or diet pills because they don’t want to gain weight. They will maintain their weight, which makes this disorder extremely difficult to diagnosis. People with eating disorders are very secretive. They won’t let it show that they are dealing with such a serious disease. These people may have this illness for a few months or a few years before anyone notices. For the people suffering, admitting that you have a disease is admitting that you aren’t perfect, which is what they are striving for. The main reason that the suffering are in denial is because of the fact, they don’t want it to be known they aren’t perfect. Many people have the most trouble with admitting their flaws than actually recovering. Also, most people with a disorder have suffered through other hard times. They could have been sexually abused, or another form of abuse, their parents got a divorce, they’re bullied at school, or they are told they need to lose weight. Many dancers and pageant girls are told to lose weight in order to succeed. Those who don’t lose the weight won’t move up on the ladder. This makes young...
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