Essay on Eating Disorders

2025 Words Dec 23rd, 2012 9 Pages
Eating disorders are a huge problem many people face on a daily basis. The National eating disorder associations states that eating disorders are conditions that arise from factors including physical, psychological, interpersonal and social issues. Most eating disorders tend to occur in people between the ages 12 and 18 but are possible at any age. Eating disorders are serious problems that can lead to many health issues and possibly death. Eating disorders are hard to avoid and harder to overcome, for some people it seems impossible, its a way of life not a choice (source 1). According to Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment, 2 – 3% …show more content…
Those with Anorexia can be slightly overweight... while those with Compulsive Eating can be slightly underweight. Variations for all who suffer can be anywhere from extremely underweight to extremely overweight to anywhere in between. The outward appearance of anyone with an Eating Disorder does NOT dictate the amount of physical danger they are in, nor does is determine the emotional conflict they feel inside. They need not display even close to all of the symptoms to be in danger. There are many other eating disorders that are very dangerous as well, and have very similar health issues. People with anorexia can suffer a number of potentially fatal medical conditions, including heart disease, kidney and liver disease, and potassium and magnesium imbalances that can lead to heart failure. In addition, they often suffer from osteoporosis (thinning, brittle bones), low blood pressure, ulcers, dizziness and fainting, irregular heart rhythm, headaches, nausea, and a myriad of other physical problems. Anorexic statistics indicate that they also experience anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems as well. Some of the different types of eating patters/ problems consist of, but are not limited to Bulimia nervosa, binge eating, Partial Syndrome, Obsessive Dieters or "weight-preoccupied" individuals, Obese individuals with eating disorders, Orthorexia, and Night Eating.

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