The Problem Of Obesity And Eating Disorders

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An eating disorder is defined as any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. These disorders can be caused by a variety of things, but one that is commonly overlooked is exercise. The major consensus is that by dieting and exercising you will be living healthier lifestyles, but in reality exercising can lead to a number of eating and body disorders. A problem that then arises from this is due to the grey areas of these disorders, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between what is a disorder, and what is considered healthy.
Obesity is seen as the major health problem that is plaguing America it is a problem that is affecting all generations, from children to the elderly. Admittedly
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What makes exercise ‘compulsive’ is when someone will spend many hours a day exercising several days a week, if not every day, and this problem is usually encountered with people who have anorexia and bulimia ( ). General signs of a compulsive exerciser are being increasingly bothered by weight/size; ambitious fitness targets; cancelling social events to train; refusing to take time off despite injury; mood swings and the inability to eat if they have not achieved their exercise goal.( )The real problem stemming from this is these individuals are only aiming to lose calories in order to lose weight. This is a self-esteem driven problem, these people don’t feel good, or see their day as ruined if they don’t burn a certain number of calories, or if they skip a workout. It is easy to see how this will lead to an eating disorder, because if these induvial can’t lose the weight with only excessive exercise there only other option is to cut calories, and many time they will cut calories in a drastic manor. If someone is anorexic or bulimic and is using compulsive exercise as a way of compensating for their behaviors this is using up essential calories, which are needed to carry out the simplest functions even. This then leads to Bulimia, Anorexia, or another very common co-occurring eating disorder Orthorexia. Orthorexia is a fixation to eat only “healthy” foods, or to avoid entire food groups. Every …show more content…
Although the authors believe the numbers are low saying 1 million men with eating disorders is probably and underestimate due to the fact many cases are going unreported. The reason cases are going unreported is due to fact that these aren’t necessarily seen as a male issue, so their masculinity gets in the way of them getting help. The root causes of men with eating disorders are weight history, sexual abuse and trauma, sexual orientation, depression, media pressure, substance abuse, and they also connect exercise or over exercising to body disorders. (Stanford et al 2) Women may develop these disorders for similar reasons, but men and women’s eating and body disorders have some differences. (Add differences in men and women with

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