Effects of Anorexia Nervosa

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Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Adolescents
By Danielle Mooney
Kaplan University

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Adolescents

I. Introduction
* What is Anorexia Nervosa
* Different types of Anorexia Nervosa
* Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that causes serious, if not life threatening psychological and physical damage. II. Psychological effects of Anorexia
* What are the psychological issues
* What are the psychological effects
* Body image
III. Physical effects of Anorexia
* Effects on the heart
* Effects on other major organs
* Effects in the brain
IV. Alarming Statics
* Adolescents and Anorexia
* Mortality due to Anorexia Nervosa
* Treatment
V. Conclusion

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Adolescents

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that causes serious, if not life threatening psychological and physical damage. Statistics state that “Anorexia is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents. Statistics also state that 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.” (South Carolina Department of Mental Health 2006.) For several years I suffered from both types of Anorexia Nervosa and was part of that statistic. I was an overweight child and was bullied in school due to my weight. It caused me to be very depressed and the depression drove me to want to be thin like the other girls in class. I would hardly eat and when I did eat, I would count every calorie that I put in my mouth. Generally, I would be so angry with myself for eating, that I would make myself vomit to get rid of the food. I never realized how serious my actions were until I ended up in a hospital. Smith and Segal state that “Anorexia Nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key features: Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image.”...
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