Anorexia Nervosa And Eating Disorders Essay examples
10-15% of all Americans suffer from some form a mental illness, or eating disorder. Anorexia nervosa is one of those mental illnesses/eating disorders. It is a serious mental illness where people have intentionally restricted their diet, choice of foods and food intake. This is caused by an irrational fear of being or becoming overweight. Anorexia nervosa and anorexia are to not be confused by each other, even though we call anorexia nervosa “anorexia” out of either lack of knowledge, or laziness in wording. Anorexia is the general loss of appetite, or a loss of interest in food, whereas anorexia nervosa, the patient has not lost any interest in food they are obsessed with their weight and physical image.
Anorexia affects a person mentally, physically and most definitely, emotionally. Physical effects would be, extreme weight loss, to the point of being unappealing thin. Abnormally low heart rate and blood pressure, which means that the heart muscle is changing. Reduction in bone density
(osteoporosis), which will result in dry and brittle bones. Muscle loss and weakness. Severe dehydration, which can lead to kidney failure. Fainting, fatigue and overall weakness. Dry hair and skin; hair loss being fairly common. Growth…