Essay on Eating Disorders : Anorexia Nervosa
In the world today there are a multitude of different mental illnesses that can affect any person. One classification of mental illness that is often experienced by people that have similar characteristics to this author are eating disorders. Specifically, women are most often diagnosed with an eating disorder. Conditions such as Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder have gained media attention over the past several years, as many celebrities have opened up about their struggles surrounding eating and weight gain. The disorder that is the most relevant to this author is Anorexia Nervosa.
Anorexia Nervosa can be explained as having fear of an intense nature of becoming fat or gaining weight; this fear is combined with behaviors that contribute to a significantly low body weight. (Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, 2014). One behavior that the person may engage in to achieve and maintain a low weight, is most likely to be depriving themselves of food. According to Beaumont, people with this type of Anorexia Nervosa try not to eat in front of others, eat excessively slow or dispose of food in secret (as cited in Butcher et al. 2014, p. 296). This type of Anorexia Nervosa is known as the restricting type. Some that suffer from Anorexia Nervosa are not able to restrict their food intake. Instead these people exhibit cycles of bingeing and purging. People with the binge-eating /purging type of Anorexia Nervosa take in excessive amounts of…