Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa And Pica

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Eating disorders are an incredibly dangerous psychological problem that people develop for numerous reasons. “Eating disorder is a term used to describe illnesses characterized by a disturbance in attitudes and behaviors relating to eating, body weight, and body image.” (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia) Much of this is dependent on what type of eating disorder they are affected by. There are many different eating disorders ranging from starvation, purging, and eating non-food items that have no nutritional value. Three examples of eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Pica.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where people become significantly preoccupied with body image to the point where the person participates
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However, Bulimia involves overeating shortly followed by the extraction of all the food consumed. Typically, this extraction process involves vomiting or laxative abuse. Much of the other medical problems that are associated with Anorexia, are also factors with Bulimia, but there are a few more additional medical problems related the constant vomiting. Purging can create a frequent sore throat, gastrointestinal problems, and tooth and gum deterioration. Treatment for Bulimia and Anorexia are congruent with one …show more content…
Pica involves the consumption of non nutritious items such as dirt, clay, etc. Typically, people who suffers from Pica are not eating these objects because they are fixated on their body image, usually the cause is from a psychological issue or a traumatic event that led to their bizarre eating habits. There is no specific age or gender that is primarily effected by Pica, however, it is more common with pregnant women. The consequences of Pica can be incredibly serious, especially if there is a consumption of toxic substances. Not only are the toxic chemicals an issue, but it also creates serious problems in the intestines, kidneys and livers. There has not been any leads on what the exact cause of Pica is, however, the most logical assumption is the mental health of the person participating. There are specific counselors who specialize in Pica, they are the best option for

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