Essay on Eating Disorders : An Unhealthy Relationship With Food

1290 Words Jul 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Eating disorders is an illness that can impact a person 's eating habits and can cause an unhealthy relationship with food. Many people who suffer from eating disorders can attribute the cause of said disorder to various causes such as societal pressures and psychological factors. Furthermore, it has been shown by research that eating disorders can be caused by genetic and biological factors passed down by parents and ancestors. Eating disorders have three different branches characterized by the person 's relation with food. Anorexia nervosa is a form of an eating disorder in which the person does not intake the amount of food that is required to maintain proper weight. In doing so, they eat smaller portions and have a low calorie count that would not provide adequate nutrition. Bulimia nervosa is another form in which the person eats a large amount of food and then proceeds to attempt to compensate for all the food eating by purging, taking laxatives or exercising. Binge-eating is similar to to bulimia in which the person has periods where they overeat but does not go on a period of purging or exercising. Approximately over fifty million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, with the majority being female. It is stereotypical to conclude that only females can suffer from an eating disorder, but contrary to belief approximately ten to fifteen percent of people who suffer from eating disorders are males. Moreover, homosexual males are higher risk…

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