Essay about Eating Disorders And The American Psychiatric Association

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Eating disorders are complex illnesses which have been increasing in the past couple of decades. In fact, since the 1980s eating disorder have been recognized as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association (Parks, 2012). Normally those with eating disorders are preoccupied with thoughts controlling, food, eating, or weight. However, they are not a diet plan or an experiment to lose weight, but are serious complex disorders which can take years to recover from. Two of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, restricting food intake in which food is severely limited, and bulimia nervosa, overeating followed by vomiting, extreme exercise or fasting. Though to fully understand these two eating disorders it is important to know what they are, what damage they cause, and how to treat them. Anorexia nervosa, or simply put anorexia, is characterized by weight loss and low body weight. Unlike common belief, those with anorexia do not have a lack of appetite. Instead they often feel the pangs of hunger choosing to suppress this and refuse to eat normally because of their desire to be thin or a fear of loosing control over eating behaviors (Abraham 2008). A person with Anorexia typically has an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fact dispute the fact that he/she is underweight. Signs of this disorder are: a BMI (body weight index) equal or less than 17.5, a disturbance in their body weight/size/shape, denial about serious nature of current…

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