Anorexia is an emotional illness in which a person refuses to eat. It occurs mainly among adolescent girls and young women. The word anorexia means without appetite, but anorexics may be extremely hungry most of the time. They avoid food for psychological reasons. The chief physical symptom of anorexia nervosa is severe weight loss. Other symptoms include low blood pressure, slow heartbeat and growth of fine hair on the body. The start of puberty may be delayed in adolescents.
Female anorexics may not begin to menstruate or their menstrual periods may stop. This eating disorder also affects the personality.
Many anorexics isolate themselves from family and friends. Most victims seem unaware of their condition. They consider themselves as healthy, or even overweight. Many anorexics can be cured if they receive prompt treatment. However, the disease is fatal in some cases.
The articles I will be comparing are about anorexia nervosa. They both give the readers facts about anorexia nervosa and the victims’ own experiences. The first article is taken from the Sunday Telegraph on
11th February 1996 and the second article is taken from the magazine,
Living in March 1995.
Layout is an important clue as to the bias and audience at which the article is aimed at. Article one has a very bold headline. The headline is colloquial, which reads, “How I grew up and filled out”.
It draws the readers to attention because the size and the font style of the headline differ greatly compared to the rest of the text. This headline is complex, polysyllabic and there is one thing special about it, it is an unfinished sentence. We can see that it is unfinished because there is not any punctuation at the end of the sentence. The purpose of using an unfinished headline is to keep the readers in suspense and interested, so that they will read on. The headline does not contain a pun or a
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