Essay about Eating Disorders Is Not A Choice

1322 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Eating disorders is not a choice, it is a serious and sometime fatal illnesses that cause server changes in an individual’s eating behaviors. A silent call for help from individual’s suffering from an eating disorder may be seen as obsessing over food, body weight, and shape (The National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). Even though there are individuals that are concerned with their body image, eating disorders are marked with extremes, eating disorders are present when the individual has an extreme reduction in food consumption or overeating, feeling distress or concerns about their body weight or shape. According to DSM-5 the criterion that must be met is; A) having a significantly low body weight for their developmental stage, and B) an overtly expressed fear of weight gain that does not subside even with weight loss. Denial remains a hallmark symptom and women with this disorder have a suicide risk that is 50 times higher than the general population, therefore, the potential for suicide should always be assessed. In assessing individuals, suffering from this disorder, suicidal thoughts and intent, as well as gathering history related to history of previous attempts is highly recommended (Dziegielewski, & ebrary, 2014). The extensiveness of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) of the lifetime of women form birth cohorts (1975-1979) was 2.2 %, while men of the same cohorts prevalence of AN was 0.24% (Smink, Van Hoeken, & Hoek, 2012). Suzanne E. Mazzeo, and Cynthia M. Bulik (2009),…

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