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Eating Disorder Research Paper

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Toruno 1 Justin Toruno Professor Scaffetti English 1101 3 December 2006 Thinning Out of Control Society today has its own version on how people should look in order to be successful. Many minds, especially those of teenaged girls and women, have been tainted with the image on how we should look like through the eyes of the media. Due to the pressure to fit in and feel accepted, many of these teenaged girls and women develop eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4" tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5'11" tall and weighs 117 pounds. All too often, society associates being "thin", with "hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined." On the other hand, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power" (“Loving”). Since women are more often critiqued then men, they are rarely ever satisfied with their image, resulting in great anxiety and the pressure to achieve and/or maintain the perfect appearance. For many of these women, this perfect body isn’t achieved in the gym or through diets, but through eating disorders known as, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion. Individuals with anorexia often control body weight by voluntary starvation, purging, vomiting, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures, such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. It primarily affects young adolescent girls in the Western world and has one of the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric condition, with approximately 10% of people diagnosed with the condition eventually dying due to related factors (“Anorexia”).
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Toruno 2 Bulimia nervosa, more commonly known as bulimia, is an eating disorder. It is a psychological condition in which the subject engages in recurrent binge eating followed by an
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