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BEH225 WK8 Assignment - Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred...

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Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred to simply as anorexia, is one type of eating disorder. More importantly, it is also a psychological disorder. Anorexia is a condition that goes beyond out-of-control dieting. A person with anorexia initially begins dieting to lose weight. Over time, the weight loss becomes a sign of mastery and control. The drive to become thinner is actually secondary to concerns about control and/or fears relating to one's body. The individual continues the endless cycle of restrictive eating often to a point close to starvation in order to feel a sense of control over the body. This cycle becomes an obsession and is similar to any type of drug or substance addiction. The number of deaths of teenage girls has unfortunately been increasing since the 1970’s. The media gives out messages to promote their products and, knowingly or unknowingly, sends the message to young girls that they should and can look like the models on television. A good amount of pressure is put on young girls to look good and be thin. The unfortunate consequence is that society’s pressures to be thin causes girls to become anorexic. People around the world should be informed of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of anorexia. The causes of anorexia are unknown exactly; however, research within the medical and psychological fields continues to explore possible causes. Some experts feel that demands from society and families could possibly be underlying causes for anorexia. For many individuals with anorexia, the destructive cycle begins with the pressure to be thin and attractive. A poor self-
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2010 for the course AXIA Axia taught by Professor Na during the Spring '09 term at Phoenix School of Law.

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BEH225 WK8 Assignment - Anorexia nervosa, commonly referred...

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