Essay about Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa

719 Words Jul 24th, 2016 3 Pages
According to many research articles Eating Disorders are describe as an illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual’s well-being. The most common forms of eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder and affect both females and males. While doing research I have learned Eating Disorders typically appear during teenagers years or young adulthood. Eating disorders commonly coexist with other conditions, such as anxiety disorders, substance abuse, or depression. While doing my research I 've discovered two common types of anorexia, which are Anorexia Nervosa Binge / Purge Type and Restrictive Anorexia Nervosa. An individual suffering from anorexia nervosa binge / purge type, will purge when he or she eats. This is typically a result of the overwhelming feelings of guilt a sufferer would experience in relation to eating; they compensate by vomiting, abusing laxatives, or excessively exercising. I have experienced this type of anorexia while working on a psych unit at a mental health facility hospital. I remember observing this patient on a one to one to make sure she didn 't purge after eating meals. I also remember locking her room after meals due to the patient history of purging after meals. I never had the experience or knew what purging meant…

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