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Eating Disorders An eating disorder is when severe changes take place in ones eating patterns linked to physiological changes. Involved with numerous emotional and cognitive changes that affect the way people perceive their body image, this is a disease that can be seen as extreme, or disgustingly culturally accepted. The three main types of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating. As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, Anorexia Nervosa is “the presence of an abnormally low body weight, the intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat and disturbance and preoccupation with body weight and shape. Anorexic patients have irrational thoughts of being fat, even if their body image conveys otherwise. But some anorexics know they are thin, but refuse
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Unformatted text preview: food simply because they believe certain parts of their body (i.e. buttocks, thighs, and stomach) to be fat. In North America, approximately 1 in 200 (0.5%) young girls are affected by this disease. But men are not excluded from Anorexia; they account for 10% of anorexia nervosa cases. Another form of an eating disorder is Bulimia Nervosa, which is when a person has reoccurring episodes of binging followed by getting rid of it. Techniques used to purge the food include self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, enemas, and sometimes heavy exercise. Because bulimics keep their purging behavior private, the symptoms of this disease are often hard to recognize. About 4% of young women in North America are affected by it, and, as with anorexia, 10% of the cases occur in men....
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