Eating Disorders Essay

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When I say "‘eating disorder"’ I bet the first thing that went through your mind was "‘anorexia," ’, perhaps accompanied by an image of thin young girl. This common misconception causes many cases of eating disorders to go unrecognized. The truth is that eating disorders do not only affect women. In fact, you don’t even need to be thin to suffer from an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are more common than you might think. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 percent% of young females have anorexia, and 4 percent% have bulimia. A further 13 percent% of females aged between 14 andthrough 25 have some form of eating disorder, which is often undiagnosed. This means someone in your family could be dealing with an eating disorder., Iit could even be affecting you. Knowing the signs and
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Dieting, especially extreme dieting, is one of the most important, and obvious predictors of eating disorders.
A study from 2004 performed on Qatari schoolgirls age 14-–19 showed that 80.7% percent were dieting, and of thesethese, 8.3 percent% were using extreme methods. Why is this a problem? Of dieting girls who are using extreme methods, such as restricting food, 29 percent % will develop an eating disorder within a year.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines three major types of eating disorders: Binge Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by periods of uncontrolled eating, usually triggered by a negative emotion, or by using food as a comfort. A person suffering from BED will eat a large amount of food in a short period of time, and ignore the sensations of fullness and

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