Childhood traumas can lead to mental illnesses such as anorexia Sexual abuse is

Childhood traumas can lead to mental illnesses such

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when surrounding themselves online with others suffering (Kearns, Claire). Childhood traumas can lead to mental illnesses such as anorexia. Sexual abuse is one of the leading risk factors. Studies show that as much as 35% of women with an eating disorder have suffered sexual abuse. Other traumatic events such as war, physical abuse, and kidnapping can cause post- traumatic stress disorder which increases the risks of developing an eating disorder by three times. The eating disorder is seen as a coping mechanism to help deal with the event. If the trauma causing the eating disorder is not addressed during treatment, recovery will be more difficult to achieve (Casa Palmera Staff). Peer pressure can be a big factor in the development of anorexia. Teens are easily influence by celebrities, media, and other peers. Comparing themselves to how another teen looks is dangerous and can lead to disordered eating, which can then lead to anorexia. Teens surrounding themselves with friends who are dissatisfied with their own bodies and eating habits will easily spread that thought to others and pressure them into feeling similar. Teens tend to do things in groups, which make it easy for large groups of friends to fall into eating disorders together. The pressure to look a certain way for jobs can also influence ones feelings, such as modeling or dancing. It is important for individuals to not feel pressured
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Graber 3 by friends, social media websites, and job opportunities in order to reduce the risk of anorexia developing (Kearns, Claire). Feeling obsessed with calories and nutritional contents of food is one of the number one symptoms of anorexia. The individual may have unrealistic nutritional restrictions that lead them to be undernourished. They may use calorie counting websites or apps and become obsessed with documenting their intakes. This can also lead to odd eating habits such as cutting food into tiny pieces, hiding food that you were thought to have eaten, chewing and spitting out food, and only eating alone. These ritualistic eating patterns are all major symptoms that those suffering may experience. The body will experience many changes while being deprived of its nutrients. One of these changes is the development of amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation. The reason anorexia can cause this is because of a lower body mass than what is considered normal. Excessive exercise and extreme restriction can cause the lower body mass that causes this. Amenorrhea can cause infertility in women and cause them to possibly never be able to have children. The sooner the eating disorder is treated and the period returns, the bigger the chances of restoring fertility is (Harcourt, Jennifer). It is very common for those who have an eating disorder to also begin suffering from other mental disorders. “Being severely underweight and malnourished, which is common in anorexia, can cause physiological changes that are known to negatively affect mood states,” says Lisa Lilenfeld, PhD, an associate professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University in Arlington, VA. People that have
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