Essay on Eating Disorders

1099 Words Mar 9th, 2013 5 Pages

Eating Disorders

Cassandra M. Alexander

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Three of the most discussed are anorexia, bulimia, and what researchers call EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). Each of the eating disorders can be fatal in their own way. What are the signs, what do they do to you and your body, and what can be done to treat the problem? Researchers have studied long and hard into these three disorders so that those questions could be answered to the best of their ability. In this paper, the outcomes of the research that was done and the thesis
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Extensive decay can result from the chronic exposure to gastric acid (vomiting). Along with “rotting teeth”, stomach ulcers, involuntary vomiting, sore throats, and rectal bleeding can occur (Brockopp, 1984: Herzog, 1982). Bulimics can lose electrolytes from all the vomiting, thus causing dehydration and low levels of potassium intake, which can ultimately result in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for people with bulimia (Evans, 1968). The best known treatment at the time for bulimia may include elements from family therapy, behavior therapy, psychotherapy, drug therapy, and support groups (Pope, 1984). EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified) is the third eating disorder that needs attention. Although different from anorexia and bulimia in a sense, it also has some of the same identifying factors. In EDNOS, a patient’s presentation doesn’t meet the criteria for anorexia or bulimia. It does however, comprise disordered eating patterns and experiences of distress or impairment in daily life (APA, 2000; Schwitzer, et al., 1998). A lot of times people with EDNOS have more of behavioral issues or problems. Some of the symptoms of EDNOS consist of mood and anxiety problems, moderate depression, periods of suicidal idealation, and body related issues (Schwitzer et al., 1998). Women with this disorder often seem to experience a combination of low self-esteem and perfectionism (Peck & Lightsey, 2008; Schwitzer et

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