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Sociology 357 B Dr. Janardan Subedi Third Response Paper February 14, 2012 The problem we see today among females- and even males- who have developed anorexia nervosa is very frightening. This is a very scary disease, but what is even scarier is the fact that people can only do so much to help these victims of anorexia nervosa. I think it is very interesting that the disease was known to physicians as early as the 1870s, but the general public was not aware of the background of this disease until the 1980s (Brumberg 112). Many people cope with stress or anxiety in different ways, and some of these ways are fairly healthy: exercising, reading, writing, et cetera. There are ways in which people cope with their stress unhealthily: overeating, lack of eating, cutting or hurting themselves, etc. I was surprised to hear that there was an increase in the number of cases of anorexia nervosa during the 1960s, right around the time of the Great Depression and World War II (Brumberg 113). I had no idea that it was a problem back then until I read Chapter 10. However, I can understand how it
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may have been easier to turn to a lack of eating, as there was a food shortage at this time.
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