Education And Coverage For Eating Disorders Essay

2128 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Education and Coverage for Eating Disorders
I didn’t want to go. I didn’t know much about where I was going, but that I was sure of. As a sixteen year old girl who has an endless amount of opportunities and dreams for what I wanted to do with my life, I shouldn’t be dragging myself out of bed at 5:30 in the morning for my family to take me to the hospital, yet again, to report the increase in fainting spells, insomnia, and extreme fat and muscle dystrophy. No, this isn’t an extreme cold or some foreign illness. This is life with an eating disorder.
Eating disorders are mental illnesses characterized by malnutrition, not undernutrition, and are life-threatening disorders that impact millions of people of all ethnicities, ages, and economic classes. These illnesses often go unnoticed due to the stigma and lack of education surrounding the disorder. This, combined with the limited treatment options due to insurance companies not covering the costs, often has a deadly outcome. By looking at the different eating disorders and how lightly they are taken, we will discover how ignorant and undereducated schools, parents, insurance companies, and even doctors are about the severity of eating disorders. There are three main types of eating disorders which individuals are diagnosed with the most which are known as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Although these are the three main types there are also other eating disorders, some of which are not yet in…

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