Anorexia Nervos Social Determinants Of Health

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Anorexia nervosa is a very serious psychological mental illness which is characterized by self starvation and excessive weight loss. Some physical symptoms of anorexia include extreme weight loss, fragile appearance, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness or fainting, dehydration, low blood pressure, and loss of menstruation. Not only are there physical symptoms with anorexia, but there are some emotional and behavior symptoms that go along with it as well. For example, restricting eating food or the denial of hunger, excessive exercise, fear of gaining weight, and lack of emotion are some behavioral symptoms involved with this disease. The risk factors associated with anorexia nervosa can be lifestyle and/or genetically related. Despite the fact that …show more content…
Social support and good relationships with people help give people the emotional resources they need. Having a strong support system will make people feel loved and valued. Supportive relationships boost healthier behavior patterns. Not having a good support system can lead to numerous mental disorders, one including anorexia. Having difficulty talking about or dealing with negative emotions and feeling alone can lead to someone starving themselves. Another social determinant of health that goes along with anorexia is stress. Having a heavy work load, moving to a new state, starting something new, can cause an eating disorder. Stress is a huge issue in college and can lead to eating disorders. Staying away from the “Freshman 15” can lead to college students developing eating disorders. College students often have poor eating habits and drink alcohol, and to lose weight and not gain the “Freshman 15” they may choose to starve themselves. Living a healthy and stress free life and surrounding yourself with caring and loving people will only lead you to make healthier life …show more content…
A stigma, or well known as a mark of disgrace associated with a certain condition, quality, or individual is associated with anorexia nervosa. An example of a stigma associated with anorexia nervosa would be that the person is just doing it to lose weight. From the research found in the above paragraphs, that is false. There are many physical and emotional symptoms associated with anorexia nervosa, which makes it unlikely for this person to choose the disorder. Another stigma correlated with anorexia nervosa is that the people that have this disease lack self control. This is also false. Many factors trigger an eating disorder such as stress, genetics, and a lack of social support. Many people dealing with this disorder cannot control the external factors that are causing this disorder. Stigmas, which are often inbred in a culture lead to inclinations that hurt individuals. The bioethical principle of justice is defined as fairness and treating people equally. We should treat people with mental illnesses and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa just like we treat everyone else. The stigmas associated with anorexia are a big reason why people with these disease keep it a

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