Question And Answers On Eating Disorders

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b. What were some of the thoughts and feelings that you had when searching for these images?

I felt sad and pity for these women. I, personally, watch my diet and work out, but not to the point of such an extreme. These women suffer psychologically and need support from friends and families as well as treatment from health care professional.

c. What do you think is the primary reason that these individuals’ condition progressed to such an extreme level?

Looking at the pictures, I would say the primary reason is a social factor that contributes to anorexia in these females. Media is the main contributor to the eating disorders. Besides social factor, there are psychological and environmental as well as biological factors. For instance, children
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Part II. The following link is to the National Eating Disorders, http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Click on this site and answer the questions below:
1. From the information that you obtained from this website, what is the difference between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by striving towards being extremely thin and dramatic weight loss. The symptoms are constant worrying about weight, fear of gaining weight, amenorrhea, inadequate intake of nutrition, which leads to a low weight. People suffering from anorexia nervosa deny hunger, see themselves as being “fat,” avoid social mealtimes; are preoccupied with weight, food, calories and dieting ("Anorexia Nervosa.").

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating than followed by induced vomiting. People suffering from bulimia nervosa don’t have control over binge eating episodes. Bulimia nervosa can cause damage to digestive tract by misbalancing chemicals and electrolytes, which can lead to heart failure and later to death ("Bulimia Nervosa.").

2. How common is anorexia nervosa in males and females?

Females:
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4. What can you do to help a family or friend who might be showing signs of an eating disorder?

Firstly, I would express my concern about my friend’s or family member’s weight and their unusual behavior. Secondly, I would help them to increase their food intake in order to reach a healthy weight. Thirdly, I would recommend seeing a therapist resolve underlying causes of eating disorder. The possible treatments could be education, psychotherapy, or antidepressants.

5. Why do you think eating disorders are more common in females than males, and what role do you think the media plays in this?

As W.B.Yeats said: “To be born a woman is to know – Although they do not speak of it at schools – Women must labor to be beautiful.” (Comer). Indeed, it is expected from women to be 5’7”, weighing 100-110 lbs in a modern society. It is the high expectation from the society that causes eating disorders. Males, in turn, have lower expectations from their body image. The male eating disorder is known as muscle dysmorphobia, maintaining perfect body through excessive exercising and steroid abuse. Media is a big contributor to eating disorders among teenage girls especially. The study shows that teenage girls who watched the modeling show three times a week showed dissatisfaction with their bodies and tended to develop eating disorders comparing to those who didn’t watch the show (Comer). The images of models are perceived to be beautiful and women

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