Eating Disorders : Eating Disorder Essay

1227 Words May 28th, 2015 5 Pages
An adolescent girl feels distressed about losing weight because of being the only female in her gym class. She slowly begins to lose pounds, but the drive to drop weight rapidly becomes too demanding to control. She begins to reject even small amounts of food, and eventually only eats a handful of grapes a day. Her family and friends finally become concerned and she is transported to the hospital where she is then diagnosed with one of the most serious cases for teenagers and adults of all ages: an eating disorder. The obsession of many people in society over their appearance or weight has led to a growing number of people who have developed an eating disorder to try to deal with their lack of self-esteem or other related problems. Anorexia and other eating disorders are often characterized as “a lack or loss of appetite for food”. However, in many research studies these certain eating disorders confirm that patients do not necessarily lose their appetite, they simply have an uncontrollable fear of gaining weight. As Melinda Smith states in her article, anorexia symptoms include dieting despite being thin, obsession with calories, pretending to eat or lying about eating, and fixation on body image (Smith). Many people who are diagnosed with anorexia or other eating disorders do not recognize an established mental illness. As a result from the lack of nutrition to the body, it can cause dry, cracked skin, fatigue, dehydration, abnormal blood count, and even long term effects…

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