Anorexia Nervosa Research

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For the most part, Anorexia Nervosa affects women majority of the time, but it can also affect males (OWH, 2012). Researchers also indicate that more than ten million males will suffer from anorexia in their lifetime (National Eating Disorder Association [NEDA], 2015a). In addition, there is a gender difference between most patients with anorexia; females tend to place an excessive focus on food control, while males tend to focus more on excessive exercise and muscle gain (Mozes, 2014).
Frequently, Anorexia Nervosa is commonly seen among middle-class people and very high achievers (Cleveland Clinic, 2012). Usually, patients who are anorexic perform well in school, sports, work, and other activities (Cleveland Clinic, 2012). Teens
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Culture is one of the main factors that has been the key in many studies; several researcher believe women are under constant pressure to fit a certain ideal of beauty (OWH, 2012). According to Mayo Clinic (2014), western culture emphasizes the idea of being thin, and that thinness is required for success and self-worth. In addition, the researchers albeit with little theoretical research, believes that social media further pushes that mindset of being them (Mabe, Forney, & Keel, 2014). For example, Facebook represents two merging social influences linked to the risk of eating disorder; media and peers (Mabe et al., 2014). College students use Facebook on average of 100 minutes per day, interacting with peers primarily by posting and viewing pictures (Mabe et al., 2014). Students have at their disposal to edit and theoretically recreate their pictures with the usage of online tools, which digitally alters the photo that adhere to unrealistic features (Mabe et al., …show more content…
They may have an extreme drive for perfectionism, which causes them to think they 're never thin enough. And they may have high levels of anxiety and engage in restrictive eating to reduce it.
Genetics is another key factor that plays a big part in rather or not an individual develops Anorexia Nervosa (Mayo Clinic, 2014). If an individual has mother or sister with anorexia, they are more likely to develop the disorder (OWH, 2012). Scientists are still researching possible biological causes, in some individuals with Anorexia Nervosa (NEDA, 2015b). Research found that certain chemicals in the brain that control hunger, appetite, and digestion have been found to be unbalanced (NEDA, 2015b). Anorexia Nervosa does not only affect the patients emotionally, it affects the whole body (Smith & Segal,

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