Essay about Eating Disorders Among Teenagers And Women

1668 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Did you know that eating disorders have some of the most shocking- not to mention frightening, statistics compared to all other mental disorders? Not only do eating disorders have the highest mortality rate compared to any other mental illness, but over 30 million people of all ages, genders, and races suffer from eating disorders. Although all ages can suffer from eating disorders it is most common among teenagers and women. Many books have been written displaying the intense mental and obviously physical struggles of this sickness. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson has become very popular over the years as well as Perfect written by Natasha Friend. Eating disorders have also continuously been glamorized in movies and songs. In Civil War Sickness directed by Isa Gueye, she tells about her recovery as well as her struggles dealing with her sickness in her everyday life. Because of society 's views on body image and desire to “fit in”, all eating disorder types including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder are becoming more and more common in today 's youth due to the ability to access any kind of social media, as well as the impact, relativity, and widespread use of the internet.

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. 5-10% of anorexics die within 10 years of becoming sick because of lack of nutrition and other complications (“Eating Order Statistics”). If anorexia and eating disorders are so dangerous, why do people go to such…

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