Period 10 Eating Disorders 3/12/14
By: Mia Rochlin
Most people don’t know that 91% of women have tried to lose weight through “dieting”, as in anorexia, bulimia or any other eating disorder. Only about 22% percent of these women have keep those habits till it became a problem, but it is still almost every 1 in 4 girls. The story is completely different with men, over the years data has been recorded and the results have been much lower. The average percent of men with eating disorders has been 4-7%, which can be any where from 1 in 15 to 1 in 25 men. Most of these men have been athletes trying to get in better shape for what ever their sport is. Over all the amount of women with eating disorders to men with eating disorders are 7 to 1, in the U.S. approximately 7 million to 1 million. Experts have said that this is because women are portrayed as thin and good looking on TV and magazines, and more then often girls are bullied about their looks. Unlike what some skeptics believe, eating disorders are very serious and are the 2nd leading cause of self inflicted death of teens and women around the world. Most of the serious problems that occur with eating disorders is the effect it has on you, the effect it has on others, and long term problems that you most likely will face latter in life.
Firstly the effect it has on you is major. The over all problem is that you loss between 35-60% of your normal body weight, not including you excess weight if you even have any. With Bulimia another main problem is that when you make yourself vomit, you can damage your gag reflexes to the point that it can make you not realizes when you need to gag for whatever reason. Also with bulimia, sometimes people over use drugs, such as laxatives, and can damage their digestive system so when they try to recover your body doesn’t process the food right. Anorexia is basically when your restrict your self from food, or starvation, this is also awful because when you don’t have food for a certain amount of time you stomach literally “eats” its self from the inside out. What happens is your lack of food makes the lining of phlegm in your stomach disappear, and since your digestive chemicals don’t have anything to digest it starts breaking down your digestive system. Another main thing is that your body simply is not getting enough nutrients to be healthy. This can lead to being weak, tired, lack of muscles, digestive problems, heart problems, and even brain damage. This list doesn’t even include the many psychiatric pain and problems that these people must be going through. Most people believe eating disorders cause you to be under weight, but in reality even people who are anorexic can be very over weight, and most of the time you can’t even tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.
Secondly eating disorders have effects on other people around you. The other people who suffer greatly are family and friends. The people that it mainly affects are their family members, especially siblings and parents. These compulsive and destructive behaviors hurt and destroy the lives of parents, siblings, children, grandparents, and other family members who are forced to stand helplessly by as a person they care for deeply hurts themself. Most teenagers don’t “enjoy” their parents company as much any more and become closer to their friends, so in many cases teens tell their friends if they have an eating disorder and not their parents. This puts pressure on their friends because they know that he or she is putting them self in danger and that is it bad for their health. So do they want to be “disloyal” and tell, and potentially lose a good friend? Or do they want to keep the secret and watch their friend hurt them self? Also if they decide not to tell anyone and the person with the eating disorder get hurt, there is a possibility that the...
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