Health and Social Care Level 3

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Course:Health and social care level 3
Assignment Number:Six
Date Submitted:28/05/2012
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6.1 Analyse the principle factors, which can contribute to anorexia. Understanding the causes of eating disorders is further complicated by the fact that actions that are designed to achieve weight loss can actually cause some disturbed eating behaviour. The effects of semi-starvation, also called dieting, can cause physiological changes that perpetuate the disorder. For example, chronic, severe dietary restriction can worsen depression and anxiety, as well as trigger binge eating. Negative influences within the family may play a major role in triggering and perpetuating eating disorders. Some studies have produced the following observations and theories regarding family influence. Anorexia is eight times more common in people who have relatives with the disorder, and some doctors believe that genetic factors are the root cause of many cases of eating disorders. Hormonal abnormalities are common in eating disorders and include chemical abnormalities in the thyroid, the reproductive regions, and areas related to stress, well-being, and appetite. Many of these chemical changes are certainly a result of malnutrition or other aspects of eating disorders, but they also may play a role in perpetuating or even creating susceptibility to the disorders. Also, the original causes of the eating disorder are likely to not be the factors that keep it going. Often, dieting is initiated in the hopes of producing changes that will make the person feel better or as a way of coping with negative emotions. So what starts out as a way of demonstrating self-control ends up controlling the person. 6.2 Explain the features and importance of GDA

GDA stands for Guideline Daily Amount and is the recommended amount of specific nutrients an adult should consume each day, is a guideline for an average person of a healthy weight (i.e....
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