Eating Disorders And How They Affect People Essay

2777 Words Apr 9th, 2015 12 Pages
Eating Disorders in Teens
Have you ever skipped a meal during the day and started to feel sluggish but then felt down afterwards? With an eating disorder, people skip meals all the time and feel normal about it because they have a mental problem. They believe that it is perfectly normal to do so. “We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need” is a common quote by Hornbacher, who is a professional in the study of eating disorders and how they affect people. People with eating disorders glorify skinnies, believing they are treating their body in a healthy way and like the way they look. Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder in teens. In order to understand this disease one must understand anorexia nervosa, one must examine the many causes, signs, and treatment of the disorder.
Eating disorders in teenagers can cause major changes in their eating habits, and can even be life threating to the person suffering from the disorder. There are two main types of eating disorder that teens suffer with today, known as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder in which a person refuses to eat an adequate amount of calories because of an intense and irrational fear of becoming fat. It is an unconscious attempt to suppress a painful childhood experience or an unsolved conflict that a person is unable to deal with. Bulimia nervosa is where a teen is average weight for their height and age, but they overeat. After…

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