Eating Disorders Are An Incredibly Dangerous Psychological Problem That People Develop For Numerous Reasons

735 Words Nov 15th, 2015 3 Pages
Eating disorders are an incredibly dangerous psychological problem that people develop for numerous reasons. “Eating disorder is a term used to describe illnesses characterized by a disturbance in attitudes and behaviors relating to eating, body weight, and body image.” (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia) Much of this is dependent on what type of eating disorder they are affected by. There are many different eating disorders ranging from starvation, purging, and eating non-food items that have no nutritional value. Three examples of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Pica.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where people become significantly preoccupied with body image to the point where the person participates in self-starvation, denial of hunger, drastic weight loss, and anxiety about weight gain. Those who suffer from Anorexia are almost 90% female and contain a body weight that is 15% or more below body weight according to their age and height. With the majority of people affected by Anorexia, this can create significant complications to a woman’s natural hormonal system. For example, in severe cases of Anorexia, women can have an absence of their menstrual cycle altogether. Other physical signs of Anorexia can include hair loss, pale skin and even the development of lanugo. Lanugo is a downy hair that grows in order to keep the body warm during the time of dramatic weight loss. Anorexia is considered to be a mental disorder that…

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