eating disorders essay

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Nuzzo1 Kristi Nuzzo Intro to Psychology Dr. Christine Anderson October 31, 2007 Eating Disorders-Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa, also known as Anorexia, is when people see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin. According to MedicineNet.com the definition or Anorexia Nervosa is “An eating disorder characterized by markedly reduced appetite or total aversion to food. Anorexia is a serious psychological disorder.” The process of eating becomes an obsession to an anorexic. Unusual eating habits develop, such as avoiding food and meals, picking out a few foods and eating these in small quantities, or carefully weighing and portioning food. Anorexics have an intense fear of body fat and weight gain. People with anorexia are often categorized as perfectionists. Yet the truth is, they often have a very low self esteem and overly criticize themselves. Although many people tend to look at women as the only ones with this disorder, men also have been known to be anorexic. An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of females suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime as well as an estimated five to fifteen percent of males. However, rates among male anorexia have been increasing over the past few years. Symptoms for men and women with this disorder tend to be very much in common, if not the same. Early symptoms of someone with anorexia include obsession
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Nuzzo2 with their weight and a compulsion to exercise. As the disease becomes more severe, symptoms do as well. A few other symptoms someone may have are resistance to maintaining the proper body weight for a specific age and height, intense fear of becoming fat even though they are underweight, denial of the seriousness of how underweight they are, and in women who have reached puberty, absent or abnormal menstrual periods. Young girls who have not yet reached puberty usually have a delayed first menstrual period. Someone who has had anorexia for a long time often have symptoms which include slow heart rate and low blood pressure, heart failure, brain damage, bitter nails and hair, dry skin, mild anemia, swollen joints, reduced muscle mass,
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