Essay Eating Disorders Among Young Women

1868 Words Oct 6th, 2014 8 Pages
Over the past several decades, eating disorders have been a major health issue, especially among young women in High School and College. In fact, a recent article on USAToday.com states that according to The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 25% of college students have eating disorders. The story also points out that the same percent of college women report managing weight by binging and purging, stating that students suffering from these eating disorders are not easily “picked out”, as these issues commonly go unnoticed (2014). An article from the Journal of Counseling & Development states that The National Eating Disorders
Association estimated that approximately 10 million women and 1 million men in the United
States experience the symptoms associated with an eating disorder (Lenz, Taylor, Fleming, & Serman, 2014, para. 1). The fact that such a vast percentage of women in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, yet more commonly than not they go unnoticed, undiagnosed, and undertreated is extremely unsettling. As a result, these problems are likely to completely take over an individual slowly over time, until the control they were seeking backfires and the disorder eventually controls them. Most significantly, these issues are evidence of deeper psychological and physical problems. Furthermore, while a diverse list of causes have been associated with the growth of these diseases, it is clear that a media-created culture of perfection serves…

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