Globalization of Eating Disorders

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The Globalization of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are a huge problem across the nation. Some of these disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia-nervosa, binge eating, and body dysmorphic disorder. Anorexia is a disorder in which subject obsesses about food and how much they eat, while a Bulimic person eats an excessive amount of food, then purges. People affected by these disorders are obsessed with food however; they do not want the calories, so they eat as much as they can, then throw it up. Binge eating is a disorder in which a person will eat excessive amounts of food because they cannot control themselves. This previous example is not seen as an eating disorder by itself, but it can be associated with one. When a person has body dysmorphic disorder, they are never happy with the way their body looks and are constantly trying to change it. Numerous people affected by this disease believe they are fat, and they try to get skinnier; even when they are already skinny, they will continue to try and lose weight. Eating disorders are a problem for people of all different ages, but they greatly impact teenagers and young adults. Many people in the United States know eating disorders are a very serious problem. Some of these people do not know eating disorders are also a major problem around the world. This problem needs to be acknowledged and changed.

In the article “The Globalization of Eating Disorders” written by Susan Bordo, it explains how easily it is to get caught up and be obsessed with one’s weight when one is a teenager. Eating disorders have changed multiple times throughout the decades. They were a very small problem only a decade or two ago, and even other countries had no known statistics of eating disorders. Now in today’s age they have spread throughout the world and are now a major worldwide problem. “I remember 10 years ago, when people first began hearing the term ‘eating disorder,’ they thought it was very strange,” said Gregorius...
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