Living A Health Conscious Lifestyle Essay

1026 Words Nov 30th, 2015 null Page
Like every child, I went through the ubiquitous “why” stage where I posed this question even to the smallest, most mundane events of life. Filled with genuine curiosity and fascination, I desired to understand the ornate workings of the world. Unlike the majority of children, however, I did not lose this fervor and drive to find answers. This inquisitiveness laid the foundation for my interest in research work. Growing up, my family placed a tremendous emphasis on health, fitness, and nutrition.
This background cultivated my interests in these areas. From an early age, I appreciated the value of living a health-conscious lifestyle. However, when my sister, Melissa, began to struggle with an eating disorder, I saw the detrimental effects that occur when this lifestyle is amplified to an all-consuming extreme. Witnessing the immense ramifications and toil that this disorder had on Melissa instigated my interest in the psychology of eating disorders and led me to countless questions that began with “why?”. Although in keeping with my inquisitive nature, my aspiration to pursue an active role in eating disorder research is chiefly rooted in a desire to help others who are struggling by contributing to the understanding of these disorders. By the time I was in 6th grade, I decided I would obtain my PhD in clinical psychology and focus my efforts on eating disorder research. I sought to understand this illness in an academic light and explore the tortuous and intricate nature…

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