Eating Disorders Are An Increasing Problem Essay

1374 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
“In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified). Eating disorders are an increasing epidemic in our society”. (get the facts 2) More and more teenagers are dying each day because they have not received the proper treatment for the eating disorder they are suffering from. The American society should focus more on eating disorders as an increasing problem because it affects an individual’s social life, can lead to more dangerous diseases, and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
There are various types of eating disorders, but three major ones are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders, "In Canada, it is estimated that as many as 600,000 to 990,000 individuals are diagnosed with an eating disorder, at any given time. However, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), one in two (50%) Canadians reported knowing someone (including themselves) who has or has had an eating disorder" (PR Newswire). Key findings of the poll examining how Canadians view eating disorders are presented” (Nicola Richardson “Is Anorexia a female disease?”). These eating disorders are commonly overlooked and misdiagnosed, making it an even bigger problem than it already is because…

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