How Low Self-Esteem Effects Anorexia

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How Low Self-Esteem affects Anorexia


I.Anorexia has no certain causes, but it has been
determined that psychological, environmental
, and
physiological factors play a role.
A.Self-esteem is both a psychological and
physiological factor of low self-esteem.
B.Girls and young women are most commonly associated
with low self-esteem and anorexia.

II.“Self-Esteem is how you think and feel about
yourself.”(McWilliams and Roger, 361) People can reach low self-esteem levels in a variety of ways.
A.People with low self-esteem don’t think they’re worth taking care of.
B.Young people’s self-esteem can be effected by
parents and peers.

III.With low self-esteem, a young girl wants to have the
confidence that it seems everyone else has.
A.They may develop anorexia because they are
dissatisfied with themselves.
B.An anorexia will take drastic measures to change
her body image in an attempt to fit in.

An Conclusion:It has not yet been pin-pointed what the
exact cause of anorexia is. Many factors play a role,
including self-esteem. Children need to be showed love and caring in order to gain the appropriate levels of

Anorexia is a big issue in society today.
Girls and boys are developing anorexic symptoms as
young as age five. While anorexia can be detected
in boys, girls, men, and/or women of all ages, “the
most common ages of onset [remains] between
thirteen and twenty-two.”(Levenkron,1)
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. People
who develop anorexia are usually “afraid of
becoming obese and [have] such a distorted image of
[their] body, that [they] steadfastly [refuse] to
eat even when...hungry.”(Mathews, 29) The
“[eating] disorder [becomes] a disease...when
problems of the mind create problems for the body.”
Scientists have been studying and researching
the causes of anorexia since it was first
introduced as a disease in the 19th century. An
exact cause of anorexia has not yet been
determined, although scientists do know that one of
three factors usually play a role in the onset.
Psychological, environmental, and/or physiological
factors are most commonly the determinates of the
onset of anorexia.
“The major psychological features seem to be
the fear of maturing and the fear of loss of
control.” (Mathews, 31) Many anorexics confirm
that they do become fearful of losing control in
their life, which is why they turn to starvation
and deprivation. By becoming anorexic or
developing anorexic patterns, they are able to
control their food intake and weight. Scientists
also believe that most anorexics develop the
disease due to low self-esteem. Girls, who are the
most commonly associated with anorexia, are often
commonly associated with low self-esteem.
Anorexics with low self-esteem often develop the
disease in attempts to gain higher levels of
self-esteem and confidence. Low self-esteem can be
categorized as both a psychological and
physiological cause of anorexia nervosa.
“Self-esteem is how you think and feel about
yourself-how you regard yourself.” (McWilliams and
Roger, 361) Most people have a healthy level of
self-esteem, but in the case of anorexics and
“people with low self-esteem [they] don’t think they’re worth taking care of.” (Johnson, 122) This pattern of thinking develops into a lifestyle
in anorexics. The anorexia is sometimes a form of
self-punishment for not fitting in with peers, not
being accepted by family or idols, or not feeling
equal to the people they know.
“Young people’s self-esteem is affected by
whoever performs the role of parents, as well as a
few significant others.” (Myers and Myers, 65)
When a child feels that they...
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